Adding to the Denominator: A Case Report of Neuraxial Anesthesia for Cesarean Delivery in the Setting of Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzyme, Low Platelet, Thrombocytopenia, and Pulmonary Hypertension.A A Pract. 2020 Mar 01; 14(5):144-148.P
The acceptable platelet count for the safe provision of neuraxial anesthesia in obstetric patients is unknown. Comorbidities may sway a provider to perform neuraxial anesthesia, despite thrombocytopenia, as the putative risk of spinal-epidural hematoma may not outweigh the risks associated with general anesthesia. The case of a 22-year-old nulliparous woman undergoing a cesarean delivery with a new diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure, compounded with thrombocytopenia and possible Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzyme, and Low Platelet (HELLP) syndrome, is presented. Risks and benefits of general versus neuraxial anesthesia in this specific setting are reviewed.