Dissociative amnesia after
general anesthesia - a case report

by
Chang Y, Huang CH, Wen YR, Chen JY, Wu GJ.
Department of Anesthesiology,
Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital,
No. 95, Wenchang Rd.,
Taipei 111, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Acta Anaesthesiol Sin. 2002 Jun;40(2):101-4


ABSTRACT

Psychogenic unconsciousness is a rare cause of failure of prompt recovery from general anesthesia. The diagnosis is only made by exclusion of other conditions. We describe a young, healthy female who failed to wake up promptly after total intravenous anesthesia with alfentanil and propofol. She regained consciousness 24 hours later without any specific treatment. However she sustained amnesia for a period of 48 hours. Dissociative disorder was diagnosed after an extensive workup. This case report emphasizes the importance of inclusion of psychiatric disorder in the differential diagnosis should unexplainable delayed emergence from general anesthesia occur.
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