Single shot spinal anaesthesia for emergency Caesarean section in an Achondroplastic parturient


  • Job Gogo Otokwala University of Port Harcourt
  • Sotonye Fyneface-Ogan UNIPORT


Anaesthesia, Obstetrics, single shot spinal technique, achondroplasia.


Aim: The use of the single shot spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean delivery is now a common practice worldwide. This paper highlights the use of this anaesthetic technique on a parturient with achondroplasia that presented at term with obstructed labour and had a Caesarean delivery.

Method: The patient did not receive any antenatal care prior to presentation. She had moderate to severe dehydration with some oliguria. She was adequately resuscitated and had an emergency Caesarean section under a single shot spinal anaesthesia.

Result: She had a live baby with good Apgar scores. The postoperative period was uneventful and was discharged home on the 8th postoperative day.

Conclusion: This paper highlights a parturient with a unique physiognomy that could the challenge the unprepared anaesthetist. 


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How to Cite

Otokwala, J. G., & Fyneface-Ogan, S. (2018). Single shot spinal anaesthesia for emergency Caesarean section in an Achondroplastic parturient. The Nigerian Health Journal, 17(4), 184–189. Retrieved from



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