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what is malignant hyperthermia?

MH- temp, HR, etc

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MH is an inherited disease that is typically uncovered after the affected person gets anesthesia for surgery. Symptoms include muscle rigidity, fast, irregular heart rate, rapid rise in body temperature to 104F or higher. MH can lead to muscle breakdown, kidney failure and death. There may be a family history of MH or unexplained death during anesthesia. MH differs from hyperthermia (heat stroke)
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What is malignant hyperthermia ?

Anesthetic reaction

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Malignant Hyperthermia is a serious, possibly life threatening reaction to certain anesthetic agents including succinylcholine and inhaled anesthetic gases. This condition is often inherited, and involves a mutation of a gene in muscles involved in calcium release. When exposed to triggering agents, the muscles undergo excessive metabolism, leading to muscle breakdown and heat, which cause death
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Malignant hyperthermia - can i smoke?

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malignant hyperthermia is a life threatening condition. Smoking is the least of your worries. Although the fact that you are well enough to be on Health Tap despite this life threatening condition is a good sign :-)
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Dr. Marc J. Bloom answered:

How common is malignant hyperthermia?

See MHAUS.org

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see: http://www.mhaus.org/ for the best and most authoritative source of information
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what happens with malignant hyperthermia?

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MH is caused by a muscle abnormality from genetic mutation. When exposed to trigger medications like anesthetics, calcium is released and the muscles become rigid as they break down. There is a rapid rise in body temperature. It is a life threatening complication for anesthesiologists but is treatable if recognized.
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how do you diagnose malignant hyperthermia?

No one simple test

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Malignant Hyperthermia is a rare life-threatening condtion often triggered by exposure to certain volatile anesthetic gases and succinylcholine (anesthesia uses this during surgery). The metabolism of the skeletal muscle goes into "overdrive", and it is this oxidative process that overwhelms the body's ability to supply oxygen, remove C02. The result is poor regulation of body temperature
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Dr. Ionel C. Rad answered:

How to tell if I have malignant hyperthermia?

Genetic testing

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Malignant hyperthermia is a rare disease that has been only described in patients who received either a muscle relaxant (succinylcholine) or inhalational agents such as sevoflourane or both. The website www.mhaus.org is dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of MH. In short, in patients who receive certain anesthetics, they can have a near lethal or lethal reaction to those drugs.
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Dr. Robert Meislin answered:

What is the treatment for malignant hyperthermia?

MH

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the treatment for MH is dantrolene that will inhibit the calcium build up apparent with MH
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Dr. Ionel C. Rad answered:

Could you explain what is malignant hyperthermia?

Genetic testing

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Malignant hyperthermia is a rare disease that has been only described in patients who received either a muscle relaxant (succinylcholine) or inhalational agents such as sevoflourane or both. The website www.mhaus.org is dedicated to diagnosis and treatment of MH. In short, in patients who receive certain anesthetics, they can have a near lethal or lethal reaction to those drugs.
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Dr. Eduardo Haddad answered:

Can i donate kidney if i have malignant hyperthermia?

Yes but special need

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Your problem is with standard anesthesia with agents that can trigger this very serious, life treatening, condition. You need to alert the anesthesia department and they can then use different agents to achieve safe, effective anesthesia.
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