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Cardiac arrest during caesarean section - A case report

Liuba Germanova, Karolina Czajkowska, Joao Gomes, Candida Infante, Ines Martins, Mafalda Castro.


Cardiac arrest is a rare event during caesarean section. Obstetric teams have low exposure
to these critical situations and need frequent training in differential diagnosis and treatment. A caesarean section was performed in a 36-year-old woman due to delayed labour progress under spinal anaesthesia. Once the skin incision was performed the patient underwent asystole. There is a wide range of etiologies for maternal cardiac arrest. We describe and analyze the possible etiologies that could lead to cardiac arrest in this particular case.

Key words: Amniotic fluid, Bezold Jarisch-reflex, Caesarean section, Cardiac arrest, Spinal anaesthesia

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