Author(s): Smith PS, Wilson RC, Robinson AP, Lyons GR
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Abstract We conducted a prospective observational study between 1992 and 2001 identifying obstetric patients with untreated or surgically corrected scoliosis or lumbar-sacral fusion surgery. The regional techniques for labour and delivery that were offered were epidural analgesia, combined spinal epidural anaesthesia (CSE), single shot spinal or continuous spinal anaesthesia (CSA) depending on the degree of scoliosis, previous surgery, cardio-respiratory compromise and planned mode of delivery. Forty women were included in the study, one woman with two separate deliveries, giving 41 cases for analysis. Twenty-four women presented in labour: 11 required no regional technique, seven received effective epidural analgesia and six received CSA. Seventeen women presented for elective caesarean delivery: two received a CSE technique, two received single shot spinal and 13 had CSA. From a total of 19 CSA techniques attempted sixteen catheters were successfully inserted and produced good analgesia or anaesthesia for vaginal or operative delivery in 12 women (63\%). There was one case of post dural puncture headache following a CSA for labour and delivery. We discuss the choices available for regional anaesthetic techniques in scoliotic women and the relative merits of each.
This article was published in Int J Obstet Anesth
and referenced in Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research