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Spinal anesthesic management of a wolff-parkınson-white syndrome in a pregnant patient for cesarean section

Emine Yitkin

Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Istanbul, Turkey

Duygu D Aslan

Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Istanbul, Turkey

Ayse G Ferlengez

Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Istanbul, Turkey

DOI: 10.15761/JAA.1000118

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Abstract

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a rare type of preexcitation. This syndrome is characterized by delta waves, wide QRS complex, and short PR interval. In this case report, we aimed to present our experience with spinal anesthesia methods which we preferred to avoid the use of multiple drugs in cesarean section of a pregnant women with WPW syndrome.

Introduction

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a type of ventricular preexcitation with the presence of accessory pathway which connects atria and ventricles to each other in the conduction tissue, and is seen by 01.% to 3% in general population. The syndrome was described for the first time by Wolff, Parkinson and White as a syndrome accompanied by paroxysmal tachycardia episodes, short PR interval and bundle branch block in young healthy persons with normal heart structure [1]. Typical electrocardiographic (ECG) finding of WPW include short PR interval ( < 120 msn), wide QRS complex ( > 120 msn) and delta wave. When sympathetic nervous system is stimulated, life threatening tachyarrhythmias such as paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), atrial fibrillation, and ventricular fibrillation [2].

Case

A 25 years old pregnant women with G2P1 and 38 weeks of gestation was taken to the operation for elective cesarean section due to previous history of cesarean. Preanesthetic assessment of the patient which was performed preoperatively in the anesthesiology outpatient clinic revealed that she had been diagnosed with WPW and an attempt for ablation had failed at that time. In her anamnesis, the patient had no history of tachycardia, angina and syncope, and she was not receiving any therapy. Cardiology consultation was ordered. In the consultation, delta waves were observed on electrocardiography of the patient with asymptomatic WPW syndrome (Figure 1,2). Echocardiography was normal. She had a smoking history of 3 pack-year. No pathology was detected in the other system examinations. Family history was unremarkable. There was a history of previous cesarean section. Because of the advantages of spinal anesthesia including less stimulation of sympathetic system, and absence of multiple drug usage, the decision was made to perform cesarean section under spinal anesthesia after the patient was informed about the technique and her written consent was received.

Figure 1.Preoperative electrocardiography.

Figure 2.Preoperative electrocardiography.

Following intravenous cannulation, routine monitoring was made through pulse oximetry, ECG (DII), and noninvasive blood pressure arterial measurement. Antiarrhythmic drugs and defibrillator were kept available against arrhythmia risk. The patient was positioned and spinal anesthesia was carried out with 10 mg 0.5% bupivacaine and 20 µcg fentanyl delivered with 26 G pencil point needle through L3-L4 space. Oxygen was given in a rate of 4 L/min with a face mask. At the 5th minutes of the operation, block level was evaluated as T6, blood pressure (BP) as 115/62 mmHg, Heart Rate (HR) as 68 beats/min, and peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) as 99%. Sedation was not performed. Oxytocin of 20 IU was infused after the delivery and placenta expulsion. Upon the patient was agitated at the 30th minute of the operation, sedation was induced with 1 mg midazolam and 50 mg propofol. The operation lasted 60 minutes. The patient was hemodynamically stable during perioperative period. Postoperative block level was found as T8, BP as 121/65 mmHg, HR as 70 beats/min, and the patient was transferred to the primary intensive care unit for follow-up. Following ECG monitoring, patient was stable and taken to the ward, and was discharged to home on the 3rd day of the operation.

Dıscussıon

Wolff-Parkinson-White conduction is the first anatomically and echocardiographically defined preexcitation syndrome. Typical electrocardiographic (ECG) finding of WPW include short PR interval ( < 120 msn), wide QRS complex ( > 120 msn) and delta wave. When sympathetic nervous system is stimulated, life threatening tachyarrhythmias such as paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), atrial fibrillation, and ventricular fibrillation [2].

To main electrophysiological findings indicating the risk for sudden death are short PR interval ( < 250 msn) and accessory pathway ( < 270 msn) [3]. Treatment is not necessary in asymptomatic patients, and the risk for development of perioperative paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is low [4]. The main goal of anesthesia induction in patients with WPW syndrome is to maintain hemodynamics, and to avoid the factors that may lead to the activation of sympathetic nervous system including hypoxia, ischemia, electrolyte imbalance, surface anesthesia, mechanical stress, and stress response to intubation [5]. It has been shown that fentanyl and midazolam are not effective on the accessory pathway where general anesthesia is preferred [6]. It has been reported that propofol was not as effective as thiopental on the refractory period of the accessory pathway, and return to sinus rhythm was seen in patients with WPW syndrome, after propofol administration. Atropine and ketamine should be avoided, because these agents triggers tachycardia [7]. It has been reported that among the inhaler agents, isoflurane and sevoflurane have no effect on the accessory pathway. Rocuronium and vecuronium are preferable muscle relaxants because of their stabilizing effect on the cardiovascular system [8,9].

Regional anesthesia can be preferred in these cases, because of the it prevents the use of multiple drugs, and the risk of sympathetic activation is lower with this method [3]. Recent studies have shown that the use of regional anesthesia technique may be beneficial in preventing sympathetic activation [3,10]. The number of cases including spinal anesthesia administration in patients with WPW syndrome is insufficient to draw a definitive conclusion. In some studies, a combination of low-dose bupivacaine and opioids have been used in patients with anesthesia induction using low-dose bupivacaine. In the case of level elevation in spinal block, blocking of the cardiovascular fibers and suppression of normal AV conduction may be encountered [11]. In addition, relative activity of the parasympathetic nervous system can facilitate the accessory conduction. The dose of local anesthetic which will be delivered during spinal anesthesia should be carefully titrated at a minimum level required for the surgery [11].

Phenylephrine is preferable in the treatment of hypotension in patients with WPW syndrome, because it avoids hypotension without increasing the cardiac rhythm. Fluid loading can be attempted in order to prevent a decrease in atrial filling, which causes arrhythmogenic.

Conclusıon

In this case, we preferred spinal anesthesia method in order to prevent tachyarrhythmias that may occur in the pregnant woman during cesarean section. However, further randomized studies in a larger population are needed in order to make a definite judgement.

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Publication history

Received date: October 18, 2018
Accepted date: November 20, 2018
Published date: November 26, 2018

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© 2018 Yitkin E. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Citation

Yitkin E, Aslan DD, Ferlengez GA (2018) Spinal anesthesic management of a wolff-parkınson-whıte syndrome in a pregnant patient for cesarean section. Anaesth Anaesth 2: DOI: 10.15761/JAA.1000118

Corresponding author

Duygu Demiröz Aslan

Istanbul Training and Research Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Istanbul, Turkey

E-mail : bhuvaneswari.bibleraaj@uhsm.nhs.uk

Figure 1.Preoperative electrocardiography.

Figure 2.Preoperative electrocardiography.