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Board-certified and expert orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery, Dr. Erin Nance, speaks to HuffPost Wellness about why you may have a fever.

She is quoted saying:

Fevers could also be a side effect to anesthesia, although that’s more rare, said Erin Nance. This is called malignant hyperthermia.

When this happens, according to Nance, it’s because of your body’s response to common anesthetic agents used during surgery. This can present as a high fever, muscle rigidity and rapid heart rate. The condition can be fatal and is treated with a medication called Dantrolene and ice packs.

“If you have a family history of malignant hyperthermia, it is critical to tell your anesthesiologist before proceeding with surgery,” she said.

Read the original article on HuffPost Wellness.