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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75-77

A case of fetal bradycardia following dexmedetomidine bolus

Department of Anesthesiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Correspondence Address:
Menachem M Weiner
Department of Anesthesiology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1010, New York, NY 10029-6574
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Source of Support: Intramural Departmental Funding, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4472.143876

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We report a case of fetal bradycardia immediately following the maternal administration of an intravenous bolus of dexmedetomidine for transesophageal echocardiography. Dexmedetomidine, a central acting selective alpha-2 agonist is increasingly being used for sedation. Little is known regarding placental transfer of dexmedetomide with most reports suggesting minimal transfer. A case of fetal bradycardia resulting from its administration has not been previously reported.

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