Case report: Subdural anesthesia in the obstetric patient

  • Carlos Andrés Palacio-García Anesthesiology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
  • Juan Manuel Gómez-Menéndez a. Centro Médico IMBANACO, Cali, Colombia. b. Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
Keywords: Subdural space, Anesthesia epidural, Cesarean section, Autonomic nerve block, Risk factors.


Introduction: Subdural anesthesia is a relatively frequent complication though seldom recognized. It has a broad spectrum of presentations ranging from an unexpectedly high sensory block with limited motor block, to substantial hemodynamic and respiratory involvement.

Case presentation: A 22-year old woman undergoing cesarean section under epidural anesthesia with evidence of long-lasting higher than expected sensory block and respiratory distress.

Conclusion: Neuraxial anesthesia comprises a number of versatile and safe techniques, though not exempt from complications including subdural anesthesia. We should be aware of this possibility in our clinical practice, know the risk factors and the diagnostic criteria.


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Palacio-García CA, Gómez-Menéndez JM. Case report: Subdural anesthesia in the obstetric patient. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2016Apr.1 [cited 2021May12];44(2):174–178. Available from:


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Palacio-García CA, Gómez-Menéndez JM. Case report: Subdural anesthesia in the obstetric patient. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2016Apr.1 [cited 2021May12];44(2):174–178. Available from:
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