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How does surgery affect people with myotonic dystrophy?

Medications used for anesthesia during surgery can make worse the respiratory, neuromuscular, and heart complications associated with myotonic dystrophy, even in those with mild symptoms. Patients MUST tell their anesthesiologist if they have been diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, so that the doctor can monitor their heart and lung function before, during, and immediately after surgery. If the doctor administers drugs called opiates during surgery, serious complications may occur.

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