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Is My Husbands Difficulty Walking Due to Anesthesia?



My husband had major surgery in 2001. After that he had to learn to "pick up his feet" in a normal manner. He had major surgery again in 2007, and since then he can only walk with a shuffle. His walk is like a Parkinson`s patient, but he has no other symptoms of that disease. Could it be an after effect of general anesthesia?


General anesthesia has not been shown to cause chronic gait abnormality that resembles Parkinson's disease. I suggest that your husband consult with a neurologist.

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