According to her family's attorney, a rare and silent condition called malignant hyperthermia could have killed the popular teen, who was looking forward to her senior prom and heading to the
The condition is triggered by anesthesia. Symptoms include rapid heart rate, muscles that become rigid and a fever of 110 degrees or higher. The condition is reversible if recognized and acted upon -- usually within 30 minutes of onset -- with Dantrolene, the only known antidote, said Dr. Henry Rosenberg, president of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association, whose organization fielded a call to its hot line about Kuleba's case. “
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