Obesity and ultrasonography for central neuraxial blocks

Figure 18.1

Parasagittal (oblique) view. The laminae (L) form a ‘saw-tooth’ pattern.

Figure 18.2

Parasagittal (oblique) view of L5–S1 junction.

Figure 18.3

Transverse (interlaminar) view of the lumbar spine.

Figure 18.4

Transverse view showing the depth to the posterior complex.

Key points

1. Maternal obesity significantly increases both obstetric and fetal morbidity and is an independent risk factor for maternal mortality.

2. Prepregnancy BMI >40 kg/m2 and a delivery BMI >45 kg/m2 are predictive of a higher incidence of anaesthetic complications.

3. Antenatal anaesthetic assessment is recommended for parturients with BMI >40 kg/m2 at booking.

4. Early epidural placement is recommended during labour. Timing in relation to administration of LMWH may be required.

5. Spinal ultrasound may be helpful in achieving correct placement of central neuroaxial blocks.

6. Prepare for difficult laryngoscopy in the obese parturient with optimal patient positioning and an appropriate airway plan.

7. Meticulous care is required to reduce significant postoperative risks, including respiratory complications, thromboembolism and infections.

Jan 28, 2017 | Posted by in ANESTHESIA | Comments Off on Obesity and ultrasonography for central neuraxial blocks
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