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General anesthesia: Allergy risk

The allergy is very exceptional during a general anesthesia. The preliminary consultation with the anesthetist doctor is intended to verify any possible allergy to anesthetic products. If an allergy occurs, the anesthetist who monitors the patient, will immediately stop the infusion and reverse the process by injecting an antiallergic.

Should we be afraid of curares?

Curares are muscle relaxants that are sometimes essential in some surgeries, but are not routinely used during general anesthesia.

They are often feared because of the allergic risks they present, but this threat remains relatively rare and their use is always under the greatest vigilance of the anesthetic team.

And if I wake up in full intervention?

There is no risk of you waking up in the middle of the operation. The anesthesiologist, who is part of the surgical team, remains at the block for the duration of the operation. It monitors your constants, your breathing, your heartbeat, your reactions. You can sleep on both ears ...


The awakening is done smoothly. The anesthetist stops injecting the product or inhaling the anesthetic gas. The progressive elimination of the anesthetic in the body, allows the patient to get out of his artificial sleep. He remains in the recovery room under the supervision of the team until the complete awakening.

He is then taken back to his room. Know that it is not uncommon to come out of anesthesia by crying hot tears or laughing excessively. Anesthesia can cause an exacerbation of emotions, but this has no negative effect on future behavior.

Author: Ladane Azernour-Bonnefoy.
Expert consultant: Dr. Jérôme de Ketelaere, anesthetist-resuscitator .

Sources and notes: Site of the French Society of Anesthesia and Resuscitation (SFAR).

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