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What damage done to your body would be considered סכנת אבר, and what shabbat prohibitions can you break. This is a NON סכנת נפשות case.

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My understanding from Rabbonim today is that anything that is a סכנת אבר is going to lead to surgery, which is going to lead to general anesthetic, which is סכנת נפשות. Certainly as a ספק.

Therefore, today there is no practical distinction.

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anesthesia is סכנת נפשות? – Ypnypn May 4 '14 at 1:47
@Ypnypn, Yes, at least as a ספק. – Yishai May 4 '14 at 3:51

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