Subarachnoid and Peripheral Nerve Block in a Patient with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease


Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a hereditary peripheral neuropathy characterized by progressive distal muscle weakness and wasting. If conservative treatment fails, or is not appropriately initiated, deformity, immobility and chronic pain may result. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be required. With the exception of case reports and case series, limited safety and efficacy data exists regarding the use of neuraxial and regional anesthesia for patients with CMT. This paper describes an anesthetic case report of a patient with CMT, and also provides a review of general and regional anesthetic considerations for this cohort. The purpose of this report is to highlight the potential benefits of neuraxial and regional anesthesia in patients with neuromuscular disorders, especially in settings where intra- and post-operative resources may be limited.

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S. Ritter, R. Jense and J. Davies, "Subarachnoid and Peripheral Nerve Block in a Patient with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2013, pp. 44-47. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2013.31012.

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