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Is it true that Steinert myotonic dystrophy causes problems with anesthesia?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/19/2022

Yes, it is true that having Steinert's myotonic dystrophy can cause problems with anesthesia. This is why it is very important to make sure that the specialists and the anesthesiologist have taken into account that you have this disease, in order to prevent risks and be prepared for possible complications.

In addition, it is advisable to perform a respiratory evaluation of the patient with Steinert's myotonic dystrophy prior to general anesthesia.

 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.