Anesthesia for cesarean section and SARS Cov-2: Observational study in Peru

Keywords: COVID-19, neuraxial anesthesia, SARS-CoV-2, Pregnancy, Cesarean section


Introduction: Information regarding the clinical behavior and the anesthetic and perioperative management in pregnant patients with SARS-CoV-2 is starting to appear in the literature in the form of case reports or case series. However, strong evidence and recommendations are still limited.

Objective: To describe the clinical characteristics, the results of anesthetic and perioperative management, and complications in seroprevalent pregnant women for SARS-CoV-2 infection, delivered by cesarean section.

Methodology: Observational study in which 107 clinical records of pregnant women who were seroprevalent for SARS-CoV-2 infection were reviewed and analyzed between April and June, 2020. Demographic, clinical and serological data were collected, as well as data on the anesthetic technique and intraoperative and postoperative complications.

Results: Of the 107 pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection, 99 (92.52%) were asymptomatic and 8 (7.48%) had mild symptoms. The most frequent reasons for cesarean section were cephalo-pelvic disproportion in 20 (18.68%), previous cesarean section in 20 (18.68%) and non-reassuring fetal status in 14 (13.08%). Anesthesia technique was neuraxial in all cases, with spinal used in 100 (93.5%), combined spinal-epidural in 4 (3.7%) and epidural catheter in 3 (2.8%) patients. No deaths had occurred until the third postoperative day of follow-up.

Conclusions: The majority of pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 infection are asymptomatic. In this work, spinal, combined spinal-epidural and epidural neuroxial anesthesia techniques were shown to be effective and safe for these patients and their newborn babies.


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Huayanay Bernabé ME, Calderón Lozano ML, Moreno Gonzáles Álvaro R, Vásquez Rojas JG. Anesthesia for cesarean section and SARS Cov-2: Observational study in Peru. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2021Jul.27 [cited 2021Oct.25];49(4). Available from:


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Huayanay Bernabé ME, Calderón Lozano ML, Moreno Gonzáles Álvaro R, Vásquez Rojas JG. Anesthesia for cesarean section and SARS Cov-2: Observational study in Peru. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2021Jul.27 [cited 2021Oct.25];49(4). Available from:

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