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Does having copd increase the risk during an operation with the use of general anesthetics?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
Yes: The patient's physical status is taking into consideration in any anesthestetic. A pt with severe COPD has a greater risk of post operative intubation and pneumonia.
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
Yes: This depends upon the severity of copd, the type and length of planned surgery, any co-existing medical problems (heart, kidney, cerebral) or chronic effects from the spectrum of medications being taken, and the type(s) of general anesthesia undertaken.

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