Combined spinal-epidural anesthesia for cesarean section in a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy

Abstract

We report successful anesthetic management of elective cesarean section in a 31-year-old patient with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) using combined spinal-epidural anesthesia (CSEA). After inserting an arterial catheter and central venous catheter, isobaric bupivacaine (0.5% ; 5 mg) with fentanyl 10 microg was injected intrathecally at the L4-5 interspace under administration of dopamine 3 microg kg(-1) min(-1). 10 min and later, a total of ropivacaine (0.5%; 70 mg) with fentanyl 50 microg was titrated at 2-3 min intervals through the epidural catheter inserted at the L1-2 interspace resulting in analgesic level of T4 25 min after induction of spinal anesthesia. A baby was delivered uneventfully with good Apgar score, and the patient's perioperative hemodynamic change was minimal. CSEA is a reliable, titratable technique, which provides excellent analgesia with minimal hemodynamic changes for patients with DCM undergoing cesarean section.

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.94929

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@inproceedings{Kulshrestha2008CombinedSA, title={Combined spinal-epidural anesthesia for cesarean section in a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy}, author={Ashish Raj Kulshrestha and Suman Arora and Megha Mathur and Sukhminderjit Singh Bajwa}, booktitle={Journal of anaesthesiology, clinical pharmacology}, year={2008} }