1 doctor weighed in:

What could cause someone to start coughing under heavy sedation?

1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Aspiration

Under heavy sedation, the ability to handle one's saliva is compromised.
One of the most powerful reflexes is when a foreign body, such as saliva, enters your airway. This is but one possibility.

In brief: Aspiration

Under heavy sedation, the ability to handle one's saliva is compromised.
One of the most powerful reflexes is when a foreign body, such as saliva, enters your airway. This is but one possibility.
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
26 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
100,000 doctors available