SHERBURNE – The Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States will be hosting an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at its national headquarters located at 1 North Main Street in Sherburne. Tour the new offices and talk with board members and staff about what Malignant Hyperthermia is and how hospitals and outpatient surgery centers manage this fascinating and often misunderstood heat related syndrome. There will be giveaways and casual refreshment.
Malignant Hyperthermia is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder found in an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people. Once triggered, the rapid progressive series of chain events include a body temperature of up to 107 degrees, muscle rigidity, system-wide organ failure, and, if untreated, eventual death. MH is often experienced in individuals undergoing, what was expected to be, routine surgery; and in rare cases, MH can happen outside of the operating room.