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Abdominal Surgery With Bilateral Rectus Sheath Block: A Case Report

Duggan, Elizabeth W. MD; Vadlamudi, Ratna MD; Spektor, Boris MD; Sharifpour, Milad MD, MS

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001055
Case Reports

A 44-year-old man, American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status class IV, presented for fulguration of anal condyloma and diverting colostomy. The patient’s medical history includes World Health Organization (WHO) class I pulmonary hypertension (PH), right heart failure, and bilateral lower extremity paralysis due to Pott’s disease. The patient was not a candidate for neuraxial anesthesia due to sacral decubitus ulcers, and alternative options to general anesthesia (GA) were considered to avoid the high risk of right ventricular (RV) failure and ensuing complications. The case was successfully performed under sedation with dexmedetomidine infusion and bilateral rectus sheath blocks for surgical anesthesia.

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University Hospital, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Accepted for publication May 16, 2019.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Elizabeth W. Duggan, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University Hospital, 1364 Clifton Rd, Office C-238, Atlanta, GA 30322. Address e-mail to

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