Case Report

Acute hyperventilation leading to hypocalcaemia during spinal anaesthesia

DOI: 10.1080/22201173.2004.10872348
Author(s): N KumarDepartment of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, India, S PodderDepartment of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, India, T SinhaDepartment of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, India, GD PuriDepartment of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, India


The most common cause of hypocalcaemia under general anaesthesia is acute mechanical hyperventilation, but hypocalcaemia during spinal anaesthesia has not been reported. This case report describes the development of hypocalcaemia due to hyperventilation in a patient undergoing appendicectomy under spinal anaesthesia. The diagnostic features of hypocalcaemia and its treatment are explained in detail.

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