Author(s): Levesque P, Marsepoil T, Ho P, Venutolo F, Lesouef JM
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Abstract A case is reported of an acute onset of previously undiagnosed multiple sclerosis, revealed by an oculomotor paralysis following spinal anaesthesia performed for minor orthopaedic surgery. The need for a complete preoperative physical examination is underlined by this case, looking for latent neuromuscular disorders before undertaking such techniques, and for a thorough neurological work-up should such a complication arise. The harmlessness of regional anaesthesia in multiple sclerosis patients is controversial; without entering into such a debate, the direct relationship between spinal anaesthesia and acute exacerbation of the disease in our patient seemed more than likely.
This article was published in Ann Fr Anesth Reanim
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports