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A fatal accident after epidural anesthesia for cesarean section.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2816248     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is a sobering fact that mishaps during the administration of anesthesia sometimes have a way of initiating problems which escalate step by step to a situation of total disaster for the patient. Inexperience and poor judgment often lie behind such tragedies and the following case report is presented not only as an illustration of this, but also as a useful lesson. The authors only became involved in this case after the anesthesiologist concerned made available his account of the clinical events together with the hospital records. For obvious reasons the anesthesiologist's name has not been given, but he has given his full permission to publish this case. A case report is presented in which a healthy 31-year-old a term para II, requested epidural anesthesia for an elective Cesarean section for pelvic disproportion. Repeated attempts to perform epidural anesthesia were necessary. Eventually she developed acute pulmonary edema and resuscitation was not successful. Both mother and fetus died.
A A Van Zundert; D B Scott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta anaesthesiologica Belgica     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0001-5164     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Anaesthesiol Belg     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-12-07     Completed Date:  1989-12-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0421022     Medline TA:  Acta Anaesthesiol Belg     Country:  BELGIUM    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  195-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Anesthesia, Epidural / adverse effects*
Anesthesia, Obstetrical / adverse effects*
Cesarean Section*
Death, Sudden / etiology
Heart Failure / etiology*

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