Unrecognized "crack" cocaine abuse in pregnancy.

  title={Unrecognized "crack" cocaine abuse in pregnancy.},
  author={Douglas M. Campbell and Michael J. A. Parr and Leslie E Shutt},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  volume={77 4},
We report a case of "crack" cocaine abuse in a pregnant patient associated with haematuria, proteinuria, haemolytic anaemia, renal impairment, thrombocytopenia and pulmonary oedema. The case illustrates the problems for clinicians where unrecognized cocaine abuse interferes with the diagnosis and management of a complicated pregnancy. In addition, we discuss the principles for the safe conduct of anaesthesia in the pregnant cocaine abuser.