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Is it possible to get a seizure while under anesthesia?

Is it possible to get a seizure while under anesthesia?

Unlikely: Many of the medications used in anesthesia--especially those in the valium family (benzodiazepines)--actually work to prevent seizures. If you have epilepsy, be sure to tell your anesthesiologist and take your medications on schedule before surgery with a sip of water. None of the anesthesia gases or other medications in current wide use are likely to provoke a seizure. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Could having a bad seizure when i'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

Could having a bad seizure when i'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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Can morning sedation from a sleeping pill with barbiturates given to a teen be mistaken for a seizure ?

Can morning sedation from a sleeping pill with barbiturates given to a teen be mistaken for a seizure ?

No: Morning sedation cannot be confused with a seizure. Seizure has motor activity usually as well as either tongue bite or incontinence. Also, the person feels different afterwards. ...Read more

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Hello, in a surgery to remove tonsils, is there any risk such as brain damage during general anaesthesia if my 5 yr boy has had febrile seizures?

Hello, in a surgery to remove tonsils, is there any risk such as brain damage during general anaesthesia if my 5 yr boy has had febrile seizures?

Tonsillectomy: By the time most children reach five years of age they have outgrown febrile seizures and should not be aproblem for your child to have surgery for his tonsils. ...Read more

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When doing a MRI on the brain for Nystagmus, it is possible to get inaccurate results due being under anesthesia?

When doing a MRI on the brain for Nystagmus, it is possible to get inaccurate results due being under anesthesia?

Possible: but unlikely , get the whole picture; eye doctor , neurologist and maybe repeat exams, pray they can control /cure it . ...Read more

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Is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

Is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

Rare: The orthopedic surgeon doing the manipulation is trained to know the tolerances of the bones and joints they are working with. It is always possible with weak bones or tightly fused shoulders for this complication to occur, but the chances are small. ...Read more

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Can i get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? Or is general my only option?

Can i get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? Or is general my only option?

General: Just try and imagine something operating in the very back of your throat. The discomfort, as well as the blood loss, would make it extremely uncomfortable. The only way to do this is under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more