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Platelet Count and Neuraxial Anesthesia

  • Cathleen Peterson-Layne
  • Beth R. Burton
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Abstract

Neuraxial techniques (e.g., spinals and epidurals) are commonly used for labor analgesia and cesarean deliveries; however, the minimum safe platelet count for their placement is not known. This information is of interest given that thrombocytopenia complicates as many as 10% of pregnancies. This case describes a commonly encountered scenario and illustrates some of the considerations involved in deciding optimal, safe care.

Keywords

Platelets Thrombocytopenia Epidural Spinal Neuraxial 

References

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    Lee LO, Bateman BT, Kheterpal S, et al. Risk of epidural hematoma after neuraxial techniques in thrombocytopenic parturients. Anesthesiology. 2017;126(6):1–12.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathleen Peterson-Layne
    • 1
  • Beth R. Burton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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