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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 116-118

Anesthetic management of an emergency cesarean section in a parturient with inoperable paraganglioma: A challenging case report

Department of Anesthesiology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Samahir AlJubairy
Department of Anesthesiology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Almather, Makka Almukarama Road, Riyadh - 11564
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JOACC.JOACC_45_22

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Paraganglioma is a neuroendocrine tumor characterized by small organs comprising neuroendocrine cells that can produce catecholamines. Because of the nature of such tumors, hemodynamic instability can pose a management challenge. This condition can influence the provision of medical care across different clinical settings. The aim of this case report is to highlight anesthesia management in parturient patients with abdominopelvic paraganglioma, particularly during an emergency cesarean section. At 34 weeks of gestation, the 33-year-old female patient with three pregnancies and two past deliveries had a known case of inoperable large pelvic and lower abdominal retroperitoneal paraganglioma and poor radiotherapy response. The 15.5 × 4.2 × 22 cm tumor encased the aorta, inferior vena cava, and bilateral iliac vessels, compressing the lumbar vertebrae. The patient had an uneventful and successful cesarean delivery with a multidisciplinary team effort. Paragangliomas are rarely reported in a parturient and its optimization course. Despite being interrupted by an emergency cesarean section, which was handled safely and effectively, both mother and fetus had a safe delivery and postoperative recovery without complications.

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