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Keywords:

  • Anaesthetic techniques; regional; epidural;
  • Complications; thrombocytopenia

Summary

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.