• Anaesthetic management of a patient with Liddle's syndrome for emergency caesarean hysterectomy.

      Hayes, N E; Aslani, A; McCaul, C L; Department of Anaesthesia, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. nihayes@rotunda.ie (2012-02-01)
      We describe the anaesthetic management of a patient with Liddle's syndrome during caesarean section and emergency hysterectomy for placenta accreta associated with significant intrapartum haemorrhage. Liddle's syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterised by early onset arterial hypertension and hypokalaemic metabolic alkalosis. Additional issues were the presence of short stature, limb hypertonicity and preeclampsia. Initial management with a low-dose combined spinal-epidural technique was subsequently converted to general anaesthesia due to patient discomfort. The management of Liddle's syndrome in the setting of neuraxial and general anaesthesia in a patient undergoing caesarean section is discussed.
    • Comparison of transversus abdominis plane block vs spinal morphine for pain relief after Caesarean section.

      McMorrow, R C N; Ni Mhuircheartaigh, R J; Ahmed, K A; Aslani, A; Ng, S-C; Conrick-Martin, I; Dowling, J J; Gaffney, A; Loughrey, J P R; McCaul, C L; et al. (2012-02-01)
      BACKGROUND: Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is an alternative to spinal morphine for analgesia after Caesarean section but there are few data on its comparative efficacy. We compared the analgesic efficacy of the TAP block with and without spinal morphine after Caesarean section in a prospective, randomized, double-blinded placebo-controlled trial. METHODS: Eighty patients were randomized to one of four groups to receive (in addition to spinal anaesthesia) either spinal morphine 100 microg (S(M)) or saline (S(S)) and a postoperative bilateral TAP block with either bupivacaine (T(LA)) 2 mg kg(-1) or saline (T(S)). RESULTS: Pain on movement and early morphine consumption were lowest in groups receiving spinal morphine and was not improved by TAP block. The rank order of median pain scores on movement at 6 h was: S(M)T(LA) (20 mm)