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Anesthesia Complication
Each anesthetic administration carries a risk of complications, morbidity and
mortality. Medications used to induce or maintain anesthesia are some of the
most potent drugs used in medicine. Complications can be mild, moderate or
severe, temporary or permanent and can be serious enough to cause brain
injury, cardiopulmonary arrest, airway trauma or even the death of the patient.
Anesthetic complications can be minimized with adequate preparation and
anticipation by the treating anesthesiologist.

Preoperative anesthesia risk assessment is mandatory in order to be able to
predict the likelihood of complications in the perioperative period. Close
monitoring before, during and after the anesthesia is administered is required
in order to prevent and intervene in a timely fashion to avoid progression of an
unanticipated complication.

Complications may develop in patients according to the type of anesthesia
administered. Patients undergoing a surgical procedure may be at risk for
particular types of adverse consequences depending on the type of anesthesia
administered to them. Local anesthesia, regional anesthesia and general
anesthesia have their own peculiar complications.

Local Anesthesia Complications:

•        Central nervous toxicity
•        Cardiovascular toxicity
•        Allergic reactions
•        Methemoglobinema

Regional Anesthesia Complications:

•        Intravenous regional anesthesia complications
•        Brachial plexus blocks complications
•        Spinal anesthesia complications
•        Epidural complications
•        Sympathetic nerve block complications

General Anesthesia Complications:

•        Air embolism
•        Equipment failure
•        Fire and explosion complications
•        Invasive cardiovascular complications
•        Impaired central nervous system
•        Liver complications
•        Difficult airway intubation
•        Hazards of tracheal intubation
•        Patient malposition complications
•        Awareness during anesthesia

Postoperative Anesthetic Complications:

•        Dental complications
•        Extravasation of drugs
•        Post-anesthesia headaches
•        Urinary retention
•        Nerve block complications

Anesthesia errors that cause injury may give rise to a medical malpractice
cause of action. If as a result of anesthesiologist's or nurse anesthetist's error
your condition worsened or you have been unexpectedly injured, you deserve
legal representation. If you are suffering from complications due to an
anesthesia error, let
Dr. Borten an experienced trial attorney and also a
physician with 35 years of experience fully evaluate the merits of your potential
case and the Boston area medical malpractice attorneys at Gorovitz & Borten
review the specifics of your case. We can help you assert your rights and get
the compensation you deserve.
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