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Is general anesthesia caused by a gas or an injection?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Either or both

General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness and lack of reaction to painful stimuli.
It can be brought on by intravenous medications such as propofol, sodium pentothal, and ketamine. Anesthesia gases (desflurane, sevoflurane) will also produce general anesthesia. Often you will receive a combination of both during surgery.

In brief: Either or both

General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness and lack of reaction to painful stimuli.
It can be brought on by intravenous medications such as propofol, sodium pentothal, and ketamine. Anesthesia gases (desflurane, sevoflurane) will also produce general anesthesia. Often you will receive a combination of both during surgery.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: IV to start

Usually a general anesthetic is started with medications given through the iv, and then transitioned to medications given via an endotracheal tube.
These would be the anesthesia gasses.

In brief: IV to start

Usually a general anesthetic is started with medications given through the iv, and then transitioned to medications given via an endotracheal tube.
These would be the anesthesia gasses.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A balanced

General anesthetic usually combines intravenous and inhaled medications.
It is also possible to use only gases or only intravenous medications.

In brief: A balanced

General anesthetic usually combines intravenous and inhaled medications.
It is also possible to use only gases or only intravenous medications.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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In brief: Both

Usually a general anesthetic involves both a gas that one would inhale, and intravenous medications given through an IV site.

In brief: Both

Usually a general anesthetic involves both a gas that one would inhale, and intravenous medications given through an IV site.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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