Congenital complete heart block in the setting of severe pre-eclampsia requiring urgent Cesarean section

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Abstract

Congenital complete heart block is a rare phenomenon that may be discovered during pregnancy in patients who were previously asymptomatic. Peripartum management of these patients mandates a multidisciplinary approach with careful planning regarding indications for pacing, appropriate anesthetic technique, and contingency planning. Approaches to anesthetic management for congenital complete heart block have been described, but management in association with severe pre-eclampsia has not been reported. We describe the anesthetic management of a parturient with complete heart block who presented with severe pre-eclampsia requiring urgent Cesarean section.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Volume44
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Cesarean section
  • Congenital complete heart block
  • Neuraxial
  • Severe pre-eclampsia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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