An unusual Presentation of a Pituitary Tumour in the Early Postpartum Period

Mike Paech

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    The case of a parturient, who first presented with a partial oculomotor nerve palsy shortly after caesarean delivery while participating in a clinical trial, is presented. The anaesthesia for the caesarean delivery involved a combined spinal-epidural with intrathecal bupivacaine and postoperative epidural pethidine patient-controlled analgesia. The trial was examining the possible effects of magnesium infusions on acute and chronic pain. The partial oculomotor nerve palsy was an unusual presentation and the signs and symptoms were transient. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the presence of a presumed pituitary macroadenoma. Bossible reasons for the timing of onset and the rapid resolution of symptoms, and the implications and management of pituitary pathology in the peripartum period, arc, considered. The uncomplicated course of a later caesarean delivery in the same patient, using the same anaesthesia technique, is also noted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-82
    JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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