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Is it possible to get a seizure while under anesthesia?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely
Many of the medications used in anesthesia--especially those in the valium family (benzodiazepines)--actually work to prevent seizures.
If you have epilepsy, be sure to tell your anesthesiologist and take your medications on schedule before surgery with a sip of water. None of the anesthesia gases or other medications in current wide use are likely to provoke a seizure.

In brief: Unlikely
Many of the medications used in anesthesia--especially those in the valium family (benzodiazepines)--actually work to prevent seizures.
If you have epilepsy, be sure to tell your anesthesiologist and take your medications on schedule before surgery with a sip of water. None of the anesthesia gases or other medications in current wide use are likely to provoke a seizure.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Eeg evidence of seizure activity during deep general anesthesia has been seen in patients known to have epilepsy.

In brief: Yes
Eeg evidence of seizure activity during deep general anesthesia has been seen in patients known to have epilepsy.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although rare, it may happen as a reaction to the meds or as a random occurance.

In brief: Yes
Although rare, it may happen as a reaction to the meds or as a random occurance.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Most general anesthetics are actually protective against seizures.
In cases of status epilepticus they actually use anesthetics to break the seizures.

In brief: No
Most general anesthetics are actually protective against seizures.
In cases of status epilepticus they actually use anesthetics to break the seizures.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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