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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Van | 2007/12/07

Q.

stoped breathing

My son is two years old and had surgery today for grommets. During surgery - at the end I suppose - he stopped breathing for quite some time and then they really battled to wake him up. WHY???????????

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is virtually impossible for me to tell you what happened as I have no information about the anaesthetic used, where your son was when his breathing stopped i.e. was he in the recovery room or still in the theatre?Also whether the anaesthetist gave your son scoline or similar anaesthetic agent which affects breathing. It may be that he had to have his breathing assisted during the anaesthetic and that he did not respond immediately once the scoline was reversed using another agent called physostigmine. What you need to do is to find out if your son may have had an adverse or allergic reaction to any of the anaesthetic agents and exactly what happened after the operation was complete.Make sure that you speak to both the ENT surgeon and to the anaesthetist.

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