This case report demonstrates the anesthetic management of a 41-year-old primiparous parturient with massive ascites due to advanced Krukenberg tumors, undergoing Cesarean section. We chose a combined intrathecal-epidural technique, using intrathecal hypobaric fentanyl and hyperbaric meperidine, and a low dose of epidural bupivacaine in order to avoid hemodynamic instability in this critically ill patient. Surgery was carried out without difficulty under adequate regional anesthesia. The blood pressure was maintained with low doses of phenylephrine and dopamine. Opioid-related complications such as nausea-vomiting, pruritus, drowsiness, and respiratory depression were not observed in this patient. Therefore, intrathecal opioids combined with a low dose of epidural local anesthetics for Cesarean section is suitable for critically ill patients with malignant abdominal tumors, such as a Krukenberg tumor, complicated by massive ascites.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine