APNEA, POSTANESTHETIC & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "apnea, postanesthetic"?
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.
Symptoms & Signs
Symptoms of postanesthetic apnea are similar to other types of apnea, with signs of breathing difficulties among others.
Treatment: How to Treat "apnea, postanesthetic"?
The treatment of postanesthetic apnea usually involves mechanical ventilation until the excess anesthetic drugs metabolize to resume normal breathing.
When given anesthetics, a person with sleep apnea experiences muscle relaxation of the throat & pharynx, which causes obstruction. Apnea patients are more sensitive to ?non-obstructive? anesthetic drugs.
Diagnosis is made using a sleep test after surgery wherein anesthetics were used.