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Case Rep Anesthesiol


Labor Analgesia in Brugada Syndrome and the Importance of Contingency Planning.


Mena S, Costa A, DeLemos M, Schabel J, Factor M
Case Rep Anesthesiol. 2022; 2022:8940704.
PMID: 35874793.


Brugada syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder that affects cardiac sodium channels and predisposes patients to an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. Obstetric anesthesia management in patients with Brugada syndrome poses a challenge due to the prevalence of local anesthetic use for labor analgesia or cesarean section. However, central neuraxial techniques and local anesthetics have been used safely in parturients with this syndrome and may be offered to patients during preadmission counseling. We present the case of a primigravida who opted for further labor analgesia via a combined spinal-epidural technique. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of a lidocaine infusion administered via an epidural catheter to a laboring parturient with Brugada syndrome. We further discuss the use of local anesthetics, other medications, and central neuraxial techniques in those with Brugada syndrome to assist anesthesiologists caring for expectant mothers.