Anesthesiology/Bloody ears after anesthesia
My husband had general anesthesia yesterday with a breathing tube inserted (I think the time frame was around 40 minutes) He woke up today and after he showered he saw blood on the q-tips. From both ears. It has since stopped bleeding. I can not talk to the anesthesiologist and the doctor on call never heard of it. Have you ever heard of this? Is anything inserted into the ears during anesthesia? I do not know why his ears would be bleeding.
Thank you for your help.
There is nothing (related to the anesthesia) that I can think of (or even imagine) that would cause that. That being said, I can't think of any other reason why he would have blood from the ears other than trauma caused by using the Q-tips in the first place. As long as the bleeding has stopped, I wouldn't worry about it.
Ronald Levy, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology