We present two cases showing significantly prolonged action of vecuronium from magnesium treatment after general anesthesia for urgent cesarean section. The serum magnesium levels were maintained at a therapeutic range for severe eclampsia in one patient (5.6mg·dl-1) and for tocolysis in another with placenta previa totalis (6.9mġdl-1). The obstetrics-specific emergency in each patient led us to proceed with general anesthesia but using reduced-dose vecuronium, which failed to prevent prolongation of the neuromuscular block. As a result, the patients received prolonged mechanical ventilation. Our cases underscore the need for anesthesiologists as well as obstetricians to be aware of the prolongation of the action of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants as a result of magnesium treatment.
- Placenta previa
- Spinal anesthesia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine