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why would someone suddenly start coughing under heavy sedation?

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Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Aspiration: The stimulation of your upper airways is a very strong stimulant. With sedation, your ability to manage the liquid in your mouth like saliva is compromised and can fall into your trachea. This can provoke a very strong coughing reaction.
Answered on Mar 25, 2013

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