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If none of your immediate family members are allegric to general anaesthesia, does that mean you're safe to go under?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chetan Patel
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
No: There are some diseases which can cause trouble in families like malignant hyperthermia but you could have other complications from an anesthetic depending on you baseline health anf type of surgery.
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Depends: General anesthesia has become safe with all the monitoring that goes along with it. The risk depends on your general health and the type of surgery you will be having. You can talk to the anesthesiologist assigned to your case about specific questions before the surgery as well. Good luck.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Reasonably: Naturally every patient is different and some will have a problem without any previous family history. This is one of the reasons your anesthesiologist is so highly trained to take care of these problems.

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