Safe Use of Epidural Analgesia in a Parturient With Spinocerebellar Ataxia: A Case Report

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Abstract

A 28-year-old, gravida 7, para 4 woman with medical history of sickle cell trait presented to labor and delivery at 39 weeks of gestation for rupture of membranes. The patient had a history of suspected spinocerebellar ataxia with incomplete workup before the current admission. The patient requested epidural analgesia for labor. Epidural was placed at L3–L4 interspace without any complications and the rest of the labor was uneventful. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was performed after the delivery and the diagnosis of spinocerebellar ataxia was confirmed. The patient’s neurological status remained stable after the procedure.

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