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Can a COPD patient have general anesthesia?

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Can a COPD patient have general anesthesia?

KarinaC47 answered...

A patient with a COPD may be able to have general anesthesia depending on several factors, first is the severity of the COPD- for a mild case of COPD, the See also:
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risk could be minimal versus a highly increased risk for a severe case of COPD; the second important factor in determining the risk for a COPD patient requiring general anesthesia is the type surgery- procedures on the extremities have the lowest risk, followed by abdominal procedures and the highest risk procedures are thoracic. Some of the possible complications arising from surgical procedures include: bronchospasm, mucus plus, post-operative hypo-ventilation and pneumothorax, a serious condition where air or gas accumulates in the space between the lung and the chest wall which can lead to the lung collapsing, especially in a lung already weakened by COPD.


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