Cholinesterase (pseudocholinesterase or cholinesterase II) is found in the liver, pancreas, heart, serum and in the white matter of the brain. This enzyme must not be confused with acetylcholinesterase from erythrocytes (EC 188.8.131.52), which is also referred to as cholinesterase I. The biological function of cholinesterase is unknown. Serum cholinesterase serves as an indicator of possible insecticide poisoning. It is measured as an index of liver function. In preoperative screening, cholinesterase is used to detect patients with atypical forms of the enzyme and hence avoid prolonged apnea caused by slow elimination of muscle relaxants. Depressed cholinesterase levels are found in cases of intoxication with organophosphorus compounds and in hepatitis, cirrhosis, myocardial infarction, acute infections and atypical phenotypes of the enzyme.
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