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If there is a family history of malignant hyperthermia, should I tell my doctor before surgery?
31 doctors weighed in

Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
12 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Malignant hyperthermia is inherited.
You should tell the anesthesiologist prior to surgery.

In brief: Yes
Malignant hyperthermia is inherited.
You should tell the anesthesiologist prior to surgery.
Dr. Swati Avashia
Dr. Swati Avashia
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Usually malignant hyperthermia occurs with general anesthesia but you should inform every Dr. who is performing ANY anesthesia on you that you have this condition.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely!
These genetic mutations lead to uncontrolled muscle metabolism. Almost 100% fatal until dantrolene introduced.
Not every exposure to anesthetic gas and succinylcholine will trigger, so previous anesthesia no guarantee. Other anesthesia options available. See www.Mhaus.Org for info and poss testing. Let your anesthesiologist know and get medicalert bracelet.

In brief: Absolutely!
These genetic mutations lead to uncontrolled muscle metabolism. Almost 100% fatal until dantrolene introduced.
Not every exposure to anesthetic gas and succinylcholine will trigger, so previous anesthesia no guarantee. Other anesthesia options available. See www.Mhaus.Org for info and poss testing. Let your anesthesiologist know and get medicalert bracelet.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Otto Placik
Great advice!
Phuong Tran
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: YES!
You should definitely tell your doctors before surgery & discuss it with your family doctor. Many anesthetics such as inhalational gases and muscle paralytics can cause you to have extremely high fevers, increased heart rate, uncontrollable muscle contractions & could lead to death.
This is dominantly inherited disorder. You may consider genetic testing and discussing it with family members.

In brief: YES!
You should definitely tell your doctors before surgery & discuss it with your family doctor. Many anesthetics such as inhalational gases and muscle paralytics can cause you to have extremely high fevers, increased heart rate, uncontrollable muscle contractions & could lead to death.
This is dominantly inherited disorder. You may consider genetic testing and discussing it with family members.
Phuong Tran
Phuong Tran
Answer assisted by Phuong Tran, Medical Student
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Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Definitely!
Malignant hyperthermia is a very serious situation during anesthesia when not recognized resulting to death.
Informing your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is very critical, to avoid drugs that trigger this avoidable catastrophy.

In brief: Definitely!
Malignant hyperthermia is a very serious situation during anesthesia when not recognized resulting to death.
Informing your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is very critical, to avoid drugs that trigger this avoidable catastrophy.
Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Definitely!
Malignant hyperthermia is a dangerous reaction to specific anesthesia drugs including succinylcholine and the inhaled anesthesia gases.
It can be fatal if not immediately recognized and treated. Patients who inherit this problem must tell all their doctors so that the triggering drugs can be avoided. Most of the intravenous anesthesia drugs are safe. Get a medicalert bracelet!

In brief: Definitely!
Malignant hyperthermia is a dangerous reaction to specific anesthesia drugs including succinylcholine and the inhaled anesthesia gases.
It can be fatal if not immediately recognized and treated. Patients who inherit this problem must tell all their doctors so that the triggering drugs can be avoided. Most of the intravenous anesthesia drugs are safe. Get a medicalert bracelet!
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, definitely.
It is helpful to know this before the day of surgery to plan accordingly, but can be done safely using non-triggering agents.

In brief: Yes, definitely.
It is helpful to know this before the day of surgery to plan accordingly, but can be done safely using non-triggering agents.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, absolutely
Malignant hyperthermia is a serious condition that, if not immediately recognized, is a life threatening condition.
There is a treatment for it, but it must be administered immediately. The best cure is prevention. There is a genetic predisposition, so if you are aware of a family member who has it, let your anesthesiologist know.

In brief: Yes, absolutely
Malignant hyperthermia is a serious condition that, if not immediately recognized, is a life threatening condition.
There is a treatment for it, but it must be administered immediately. The best cure is prevention. There is a genetic predisposition, so if you are aware of a family member who has it, let your anesthesiologist know.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
In one word..
....Yes. Very important to tell your doctor. In case i was not clear....Yes.

In brief: Yes
In one word..
....Yes. Very important to tell your doctor. In case i was not clear....Yes.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes.

In brief: Yes
Yes.
Dr. Eugene Rubach
Dr. Eugene Rubach
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Dr. Oswald Jules
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely yes
Malignant hypertheria is a rare but potentialyy catastrophic familial disorder that can be triggered by exposure to certain anesthetic agents.
Any one with a known or suspected family history of mh should advise their physician before any surgery, no matter how minor. Specific tests can be ordered to confirm or rule out the disease. Specific anesthetic techniques can be employed in suspected cas.

In brief: Absolutely yes
Malignant hypertheria is a rare but potentialyy catastrophic familial disorder that can be triggered by exposure to certain anesthetic agents.
Any one with a known or suspected family history of mh should advise their physician before any surgery, no matter how minor. Specific tests can be ordered to confirm or rule out the disease. Specific anesthetic techniques can be employed in suspected cas.
Dr. Oswald Jules
Dr. Oswald Jules
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