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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76-78

Use of TIVA as an Adjuvant to SAB in a COVID-19-positive Parturient with Morbid Obesity Posted for Emergency Caesarean Section − A Case Report

Department of Anaesthesia, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Divya Gahlot
Department of Anesthesia, MAMC, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_34_21

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Obstetric patients offer specific anesthesia concerns and associated coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection makes the condition more challenging. We describe anesthetic management and difficulties encountered in a parturient with multiple comorbid conditions who came for an emergency caesarean section (CS). A 32-year-old morbid obese COVID-positive female G2P1L1 at 36 weeks gestation with previous LSCS, gestational hypertension, and diabetes presented for emergency CS in view of fetal distress. She had a respiratory rate of 24 to 28/minute maintaining a saturation of 94% to 95% on oxygen at 6 to 8 L/minute. Airway examination revealed mouth opening = 2.5 cm, Mallampati classification III, neck circumference 40 cm, temporomandibular distance 3.5 cm. Surgical duration was unusually prolonged and was successfully managed with total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) as an adjuvant to subarachnoid block. We successfully managed an emergency CS of a morbidly obese parturient with COVID-19 infection using TIVA as a rescue anesthesia to central neuraxial block, avoiding conversion to general anesthesia, minimizing aerosolization and associated risk.

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