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Spontaneous Resolution of Gravid Uterine Incarceration With Spinal Anesthesia: A Case Report

Hire, Matthew G. MD*; Reynolds, Kyle E. MD; Farrer, Jason R. MD*

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001103
Case Reports

Incarceration of the gravid uterus may pose significant risks to both maternal and fetal health. Anesthetic management for these patients is variable, and the ideal anesthetic technique is unknown. The patient presented to the labor and delivery unit with pelvic pain and urinary retention in the setting of a gravid incarcerated uterus. Previous attempts at manual reduction in the outpatient setting were unsuccessful. A combined spinal-epidural anesthetic was administered, followed by spontaneous resolution of the incarcerated uterus. In addition to providing analgesia, neuraxial blockade may occasionally be an adequate therapeutic technique for reduction of a gravid incarcerated uterus.

From the *Department of Anesthesiology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

Accepted for publication August 26, 2019.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Matthew G. Hire, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 251 E. Huron St, F5-704, Chicago, IL 60611. Address e-mail to

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