Neuraxial anaesthesia for caesarean section in a patient with narcolepsy and cataplexy.
Summary of "Neuraxial anaesthesia for caesarean section in a patient with narcolepsy and cataplexy."
We report the management of a morbidly obese parturient suffering from narcolepsy with cataplexy who presented for caesarean section. Her symptoms were controlled by modafinil and fluoxetine. We administered epidural anaesthesia successfully; surgery was uneventful and recovery was uncomplicated. We discuss some of the issues surrounding parturients with narcolepsy including drug therapy and choice of anaesthetic technique.
Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: International journal of obstetric anesthesia
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20833530
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijoa.2010.07.015
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A condition characterized by transient weakness or paralysis of somatic musculature triggered by an emotional stimulus or physical exertion. Cataplexy is frequently associated with NARCOLEPSY. During a cataplectic attack, there is a marked reduction in muscle tone similar to the normal physiologic hypotonia that accompanies rapid eye movement sleep (SLEEP, REM). (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p396)
A condition characterized by recurrent episodes of daytime somnolence and lapses in consciousness (microsomnias) that may be associated with automatic behaviors and AMNESIA. CATAPLEXY; SLEEP PARALYSIS, and hypnagogic HALLUCINATIONS frequently accompany narcolepsy. The pathophysiology of this disorder includes sleep-onset rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which normally follows stage III or IV sleep. (From Neurology 1998 Feb;50(2 Suppl 1):S2-S7)
A common condition characterized by transient partial or total paralysis of skeletal muscles and areflexia that occurs upon awakening from sleep or less often while falling asleep. Stimuli such as touch or sound may terminate the episode, which usually has a duration of seconds to minutes. This condition may occur in normal subjects or be associated with NARCOLEPSY; CATAPLEXY; and hypnagogic HALLUCINATIONS. The pathophysiology of this condition is closely related to the normal hypotonia that occur during REM sleep. (From Adv Neurol 1995;67:245-271)
A sleep disorder of central nervous system origin characterized by prolonged nocturnal sleep and periods of daytime drowsiness. Affected individuals experience difficulty with awakening in the morning and may have associated sleep drunkenness, automatic behaviors, and memory disturbances. This condition differs from narcolepsy in that daytime sleep periods are longer, there is no association with CATAPLEXY, and the multiple sleep latency onset test does not record sleep-onset rapid eye movement sleep. (From Chokroverty, Sleep Disorders Medicine, 1994, pp319-20; Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 1998 Apr:52(2):125-129)
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