This problem is often caused by a faulty gene. People who have the gene have malignant hyperthermia susceptibility.
MH can be triggered by certain medicines, mainly anesthesia and muscle relaxers.
Problems may start after medicine is given. A person may have:
- Fever higher than 105 degrees Fahrenheit (ºF) (40.6 degrees Celsius [ºC])
- Stiff muscles
- Muscle spasms, mainly in the face
- Fast breathing
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Dark urine
- An uneven skin color
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Any medicine causing this problem will be stopped or changed. Medicine may also be given to lower body temperature.
Emergency care will be needed, such as:
- Oxygen therapy
- Ending or postponing surgery
- Supportive care and monitoring
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