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What is an adverse reaction to general anesthesia? Doctors ask me that, but what sort of reaction are they asking about?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Various reactions

The anesthesiologist is asking if you have had severe sore throat, difficult intubations, allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting, signs and symptoms of conditions such as malignant hyperthermia, pseudocholinesterase deficiency, etc.

In brief: Various reactions

The anesthesiologist is asking if you have had severe sore throat, difficult intubations, allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting, signs and symptoms of conditions such as malignant hyperthermia, pseudocholinesterase deficiency, etc.
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Allergies and so on

Some patients have a very poor response to certain aesthetics.
Some medications can cause a reaction with high fevers and elevated heart rate. Other medications can have a prolonged action in some patients. Some patients have had previous difficulty with intubation. This is why you anesthesiologist is asking if you or your family have had any problems with anesthesia in the past.

In brief: Allergies and so on

Some patients have a very poor response to certain aesthetics.
Some medications can cause a reaction with high fevers and elevated heart rate. Other medications can have a prolonged action in some patients. Some patients have had previous difficulty with intubation. This is why you anesthesiologist is asking if you or your family have had any problems with anesthesia in the past.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many reactions

The most dangerous reaction is called malignant hyperthermia and this is a genetic problem that can lead to death with certain anesthetic agents.
Since it is a genetic problem, most people know if a family member has had a problem with this. Other things they are looking for is if you are susceptible to nausea and vomiting.

In brief: Many reactions

The most dangerous reaction is called malignant hyperthermia and this is a genetic problem that can lead to death with certain anesthetic agents.
Since it is a genetic problem, most people know if a family member has had a problem with this. Other things they are looking for is if you are susceptible to nausea and vomiting.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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