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Coming to a Patient Near You: The Zika Virus and Anesthetic Implications

Nathan, Naveen MD

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002167
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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (

The Infographic is composed by Naveen Nathan, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine ( Illustration by Naveen Nathan, MD.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

As of November 2016, more than 4000 cases of Zika virus infection have been documented in the United States with the majority of them in the state of Florida. Considerations for the anesthesiologist in managing Zika-infected patients include strict contact precautions from body fluids, potential contraindication to neuraxial anesthesia, supportive care for Guillain-Barre syndrome, and management of neonatal abnormalities.1

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1. Tutiven JL, Pruden BT, Banks JS, Stevenson M, Birnbach DJ. Zika virus: obstetric and pediatric anesthesia considerations. Anesth Analg. 2017;124:1918–1929
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