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Case Reports in Anesthesiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 906905, 4 pages
Case Report

Quality of Life Following Permanent Neurological Damage after Subarachnoid Block

1Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch, Flat 4, Lane 1, Road 1, Marine Base Housing Estate, P.M.B. 5115 Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
2No. 11 Ihediohanma Street, Mile 2 Diobu, P.M.B. 5115 Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Received 22 June 2011; Accepted 2 August 2011

Academic Editor: B. S. Wadie

Copyright © 2011 Yvonne Dabota Buowari. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Caesarean section is the commonest operation carried out in females of the reproductive age group. Spinal anaesthesia is commonly used for caesarean section with its risk. Permanent paralysis of the lower limbs following subarachnoid block is a rare complication but can occur even in the best of hands. Case Summary. This is a 29-year-old final-year university student now 34 years old who had emergency caesarean section for cephalopelvic disproportion in 2005 under spinal anaesthesia in a low-resource setting in a developing country. She developed permanent neurological deficit thereafter. She had urinary and faecal incontinence for one year. She lost one academic session at her school because of long hospital stay and is now confined to a wheel chair. She celebrated her daughter's fifth birthday in October, 2010. Although there is ability in inability, she is now disabled. Conclusion. It is important for clinicians to recognise the complications of subarachnoid block promptly to avoid delay in treatment and severe neurological deficits.