Epidural anaesthesia and thrombocytopenia
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2007
Volume 44, Issue 9, pages 775–777, September 1989
How to Cite
HEW-WING, P., ROLBIN, S. H., HEW, E. and AMATO, D. (1989), Epidural anaesthesia and thrombocytopenia. Anaesthesia, 44: 775–777. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1989.tb09270.x
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2007
- Accepted 29 March 1989.
- Anaesthetic techniques; regional; epidural;
- Complications; thrombocytopenia
A case is presented of a mother with unanticipated profound thrombocytopenia who received a continuous epidural anaesthetic for labour. No neurological sequelae or excessive bleeding occurred. It is clear, after a review of the literature, that more information is needed to define the lower limits of platelet count at which it is safe to proceed with epidural anaesthesia.