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A 38-year-old member asked:

Please explain why is my skin pale/yellow after general anesthesia?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Hard to tell: It would depend also what you needed general anesthesia for, i.e. Type and duration of surgery, degree of the blood loss, the components of anestesia and your medical history. There is a rare complication of developing hepatitis - and jaundice, potentially- after being exposed to volatile anesthetics, yet it is very rare. And common things are common - would first check with your doctors..
Dr. Edwin Perez
Dr. Edwin Perez commented
Anesthesiology 20 years experience
Possible metabolites from some of the medications, blood loss, type of surgery. Multiple causes. If everything turned out ok, and the anesthesiologist did not mention to you that something unusual happened during the case, no real need to worry. No workup needed.
Aug 3, 2015
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Your skin color may be unrelated to the anesthesia. If you also feel weak or tired since having surgery, you should contact your surgeon's office because you may require an examination.
Feb 16, 2017
Last updated Dec 22, 2018


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