Which anesthesia should be used for nonemergency cesarean delivery in patients with eclampsia?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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For nonemergency cesarean delivery, epidural or combined techniques of regional anesthesia are preferred. Regional anesthesia is contraindicated in the presence of coagulopathy or severe thrombocytopenia (< 50,000 platelets/µL). General anesthesia in women with eclampsia increases the risk of aspiration, and airway edema may make intubation difficult. It also can produce significant increases in systemic and cerebral pressures during intubation and extubation.

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