Anaesthesia for caesarean section in a patient with syringomyelia and Arnold-Chiari type I malformation
Structural and chiropractic
Int J Obstet Anesth.2004 Apr;13(2):114-6.
M Agustí, R Adàlia, C Fernández, C Gomar
A 37-year-old primiparous woman with syringomyelia and Arnold-Chiari type I malformation was scheduled to undergo elective caesarean section for a fetus in the breech presentation. Caesarean section was performed under general anaesthesia without complications; all we observed was an exaggerated response to atracurium. The patient was discharged home 7 days after the operation without neurological deterioration. General anaesthesia was chosen in this patient to avoid any spinal manipulation that could increase intracranial pressure or reduce intraspinal pressure and cause deterioration of neurological symptoms. Syringomyelia is a progressive myelopathy characterised by cystic degeneration within the spinal cord, which causes severe neurological deficits. The anaesthetic management is discussed.