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I think I may have malignant hyperthermia. What would that mean?

I think I may have malignant hyperthermia. What would that mean?

MH: Mh (malignant hyperthermia) is genetically transmitted and there are multiple risk factors and associations with other diseases. It is impossible to discuss all the details in this short space. How you know you have mh? Did, during prior surgeries any anesthesiologist pointed this to you? Is there any family member with past history of mh? Mh can be avoided using total intravenous anesthetics. ...Read more

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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: malignant hyperthermia?

Metabolic Crisis: A physiological reaction, sometimes fatal, to certain anesthetic agents ( and other "triggers") in genetically susceptible individuals. If you're asking about this, i assume it has critical importance for you. Get informed right away! start here: http://www.Mhaus.Org/mhaus-faqs-healthcare-professionals/what-is-malignant-hyperthermia/#.Ulp4ry5ktqc. ...Read more

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How common is malignant hyperthermia?

How common is malignant hyperthermia?

See MHAUS.org: See: http://www.Mhaus.Org/ for the best and most authoritative source of information. ...Read more

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What is malignant hyperthermia?

MH- temp, HR, etc: 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). ...Read more

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My first cousin once removed has malignant hyperthermia. What are my chances of having it, what to do?

Get tested: Malignant hyperthermia can run in families. Although your cousin is not in your immediately family you may still be affected. To be tested a muscle biopsy will need to be taken and sent to. A specialty lab for testing. To be safe avoid certain anesthetics so let your anesthesiologist know if you ever need surgery. They can avoid triggering agents. ...Read more

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What happens with malignant hyperthermia?

What happens with malignant hyperthermia?

Genetic: 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. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose malignant hyperthermia?

How do you diagnose malignant hyperthermia?

No one simple test: 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. ...Read more

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Malignant hyperthermia. Can you have it and never know it?

Yes: You can have mh and not know it, until you get general anesthesia for surgery. Family history of mh or unexplained death during surgery can raise questions. ...Read more

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What is the chance of geting malignant hyperthermia from drug use?

Unusual: Except for high dosages of phenothiazine derivatives. ...Read more

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Malignant hyperthermia - can I smoke?

Bigger problems: 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 :-). ...Read more

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Heat Illness (Definition)

Heat illness is a spectrum of disorder due to envoirenmental heat exposure.It can include heat syncope, heat cramps and heat exaustion more severe conditions are heat stroke, inwhich body temp goes over 105 degree f.Or 40.6 degreec due to envorenmental heat exposure and lac of thermo regulation.This is different than fever where there is physiological increase in ...Read more


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Malignant Hyperthermia (Definition)

A physiological reaction, sometimes fatal, to certain anesthetic agents ( and other "triggers") in genetically susceptible individuals. If you're asking about this, i assume it has critical importance for you. Get informed right ...Read more


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