Adrenal Crisis: Avoidance in Pregnant Women at Risk, Obstetrics

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Abstract

Glucocorticoid dependent obstetric patients are not encountered commonly, however appropriate care is crucial to avoid potentially life threatening acute adrenal crisis. In order to avoid a precipitous fall in BP during anaesthesia or in the immediate postoperative period, anaesthetists must know whether a patient is taking or has been taking glucocorticoids. 

Signs of acute adrenal crisis include severe dehydration, pale clammy skin, sweating, rapid and shallow breathing, hypotension, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhoea and severe drowsiness or loss of consciousness.

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