Safety of spinal anesthesia in a patient with achondroplasia for cesarean section

Hosni Mikhael, Nalini Vadivelu, Ferne Braveman

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Abstract

Controversial reports exist regarding the administration of spinal anesthesia in achondroplastic dwarfs regarding safety, dose, drug choice, in obstetric patients. Bony characteristics such as vertebral anomalies, lordosis and lumbar scoliosis, limited mouth opening and cervical spine instability make the administration of anesthesia to these patients truly a challenge. Here we demonstrate that low dose meperidine and bupivacaine spinal anesthesia in an achondroplastic parturient for ceserean section, was administered successfully after careful evaluation, consideration of risks, and awareness of potential complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-131
Number of pages2
JournalCurrent Drug Safety
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Achondroplasia
  • Ceserean section
  • Spinal anesthesia

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