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Do people ever cough or sneeze while under anaesthetic?

I'm going for a thyroid op on Monday, having the left lobe removed. There is a (benign) cyst involved and the specialist explained how he will slit my throat and flap the top and bottom parts open, while he carefully manouvers around my jugular vein...........what happens if I cough, or worse.....sneeze????!!!

Well my op is over and it all went well according to the doc, but he did send me home with a huge box of MOVICOL *oh crikey, I must have farted up a real storm in there*
66 mths ago

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Dont , if you do its goodbye cruel world...

66 mths ago

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Rest assured I doubt if that will happen,the anaesthetic is potent and will not allow those functions to happen.

66 mths ago

they SHOULD screen you for prior conditions eg. cold or hayfever, before putting you under. The theatre shouldn't have any irritants, and you'll have an oxygen mask on helping you to breathe VERY gently throughout. I don't think there's any chance of the PATIENT coughing or sneezing.........but the SURGEON might! HEEHEE

66 mths ago

No way never heard of that happening. You will be out for the count anyway, so doesn't matter - only the doctor will know - if you worried ask the doc.

66 mths ago

Not to fear my dear, it wont happen. Why not I cant say but Ive never heard it happen before. Im a sinus sufferer and then a smoker too, last op was Monday, no sneezing or coughing. Only when I was awake came all the coughing. Strongs with your op, hope all goes well!!

Source: Own experience

66 mths ago

you won't cough or sneeze , the anaesthetic relaxes your muscles and you are therefore unable to .

66 mths ago

Good Q! I've never even thought of that but I would agree with Unquiet. The same drugs that would prevent you from turning on your other side and hogging the covers.

66 mths ago

OH YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT. I read a story (I think on news24) about a guy who farted while under anaesthetic, they were doing something with his private section, the gas caught fire, setting his private section alight. There was a big law suit about it.

66 mths ago

I've never hear about it happening but if it does I'm sure the medical staff are prepared and trained for such a thing.

66 mths ago

I trust it went well with your operation

66 mths ago

Ok, firstly, it's possible to cough under anaesthetic. It actually happens quite often, especially on the way to waking up, and sometimes intra-op when a person is 'light' (but still unconsciouss). Now, for delicate procedures, like the one you just mentioned, anaesthetists paralyse patients for the duration of the op, then reverse the paralysis at the end, for exactly the reason you mentioned - we don't want a person coughing while the surgeon is manoevering around your jugular vein. A funny thing is, that some drugs that put people to sleep actually cause transient hiccoughs (after the patient is asleep).

66 mths ago

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