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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74

Progression of pre-eclampsia to eclampsia under spinal anaesthesia


Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria

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Longinus N Ebirim
Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt Rivers State
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-9175.102978

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Eclampsia remains a problem in the developing countries despite improvements in antenatal care and emergency obstetric facilities. It is an important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in Nigeria. A 26-year-old primipara, residing in an urban city in Nigeria with antenatal care facilities, booked for antenatal care at 36 weeks of gestation and was then diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia. She initially refused therapy and was later booked for an emergency cesarean section. She had eclamptic fits during cesarean section under spinal anesthesia, and the seizure was aborted with intravenous diazepam. The postoperative period was uneventful. Progression of pre-eclampsia to eclampsia during cesarean section under spinal anesthesia is rare, but it can occur. Early booking for antenatal care to enable an early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent the progression of pre-eclampsia to eclampsia. There is need to educate the populace on the importance of ante natal care so as to improve its utilization.


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