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Shortness of breath after getting colonoscopy done. Had pneumonia in the past after lap choley procedure. Due to propofol?

I had a colonoscopy today around 10:30 this morning. I slept and stayed in bed until about 5:30 pm. I am now having shortness of breath on exertion. I also had a lap choley in December and had the same thing occur. I had propofol both times. I do not have problems breathing at rest. I develop pneumonia about 10 day after the lap choley. Is this common after propofol?
Asked On : Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
The colonoscopy procedure is laproscpic investigation during which the abdominal cavity is inflated with the help of CO2 gas for gud visualisation. After completion of procedure the co2 gas is removed but few amount of gas is retained in d cavity. The remaining gas sometimes irritates the diaphragm seperating the abdominal and thorasic cavity. This irritaton may leads to breathlessness, chest discomfort like symptoms. But if the problem continues for more than 12 hrs, you should consult your surgeon. Take care..
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist Dr. Kerry Pottinger's  Response
Propofol does not cause a shortness of breath on exertion. The effect of having invasive procedures under anesthesia will make you tired and unable to carry out normal activities for at least 24 to 48 hours. Pneumonia is a recognised complication of a lap chole due to the effect of surgery and the gas used on the movement of the diaphragm.
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