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Apnea, Postanesthetic

Apnea, Postanesthetic Causes

When given anesthetics, a person with sleep apnea experiences muscle relaxation of the throat and pharynx, which causes obstruction. Apnea patients are more sensitive to ?non-obstructive? anesthetic drugs.

Apnea, Postanesthetic Definition

Postanesthetic apnea is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by sensitivity to any anesthetic agents, particularly those derived from drugs like choline. When a person with sleep apnea is administered with anesthetic drugs, the muscles responsible for lung function become paralyzed.

Apnea, Postanesthetic Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made using a sleep test after surgery wherein anesthetics were used.

Apnea, Postanesthetic Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of postanesthetic apnea are similar to other types of apnea, with signs of breathing difficulties among others.

Apnea, Postanesthetic Treatment

The treatment of postanesthetic apnea usually involves mechanical ventilation until the excess anesthetic drugs metabolize to resume normal breathing.

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