Anesthetic management of a parturient with neuromyelitis optica

N. Sadana, M. Houtchens, M. K. Farber

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Women with neuromyelitis optica, an acute inflammatory demyelinating condition of the central nervous system, have an unpredictable clinical course in pregnancy. Providing neuraxial anesthesia for these patients is controversial, although relapses may occur after exposure to either general or neuraxial anesthesia and are common. We report the successful obstetric anesthesia management of a parturient with neuromyelitis optica, review the medical literature, and discuss specific considerations for obstetric anesthesia in patients with underlying demyelinating disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-375
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Cesarean delivery
  • Demyelinating disorders
  • General anesthesia
  • Neuraxial anesthesia
  • Neuromyelitis optica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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