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A patient presented to the emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain. A thorough workup identified that the patient was suffering with a hiatal hernia; the patient was admitted to the hospital with a plan for operative repair.
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In some patients, anesthetics can cause a severe, sometimes lethal, reaction known as malignant hyperthermia (MH), with symptoms such as a dangerously high body temperature, rigid muscles or spasms, and a rapid heart rate.