My father recently told me that he had surgery (I forgot what type) and flatlined. They revived him and he was later told that he had a reaction from the "succinylcholine"-a muscle paralyzing anesthesia. So when i went to go visit him, they (him and his wife) told me to inform my doctors, because it could run in the family? Is this a genetic allergic reaction? When should I bring this up? or should I even bring it up? How can I even find out if this could happen to me? Should i get my child checked as well?
There is no need to worry unless you ever need surgery. In which case you need to tell your doctor of your fathers reaction. Your anesthetist will be able to screen you before hand. There are other muscle relaxants that can be used instead.
I am not sure if there is a genetic link.
- Succinylcholine Information for Consumers
- Succinylcholine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Succinylcholine (detailed)
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