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Unusual anesthesia side effects?

12/05/2007

Question:

I recently had rotator cuff surgery and a local block was performed. Can this type of anesthesia cause me to have severe sweating? I have the constant smell like diesel fuel is on everything I have changed bedding daily and the smell will not go away. I took very little pain medication.

How do I get this out of my system?

Thank you!

Answer:

Your anesthesia was probably some form of brachial plexus block. Typically this block causes decreased sweating through its effects on the sympathetic nervous system. Your unusual symptoms don't sound like they have anything to do with anesthesia or pain medication.

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University