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Hemiplegia and retrobulbar neuritis after subarchnoid block


A 25 year old man was given a subarachnoid anaesthetic for repair of hydrocele. He developed left-sided hemiplegia and retrobulbar neuritis three hours after the procedure. He recovered 45 days later after steroid therapy. There was some residual neurological deficit. The differential diagnosis is discussed.


Les auteurs rapportent un cas d’hémiplégie avec névrite optique survenue trois heures après une rachi-anesthésie administrée pour une cure chirurgicale d’hydrocèle.

Le malade récupéra en grande partie, sous corticothérapie, mais présentait encore certains déficits neurologiques à son départ de l’hôpital, quarante-cinq jours après l’intervention. En discussion, on présente le diagnostic différentiel de ce cas.


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Ghate, S.V., Kulkarni, S.G. & Sarate, G.S. Hemiplegia and retrobulbar neuritis after subarchnoid block. Canad. Anaesth. Soc. J. 28, 283 (1981).

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Key Words

  • Anaesthesia
  • Subarachnoid
  • Complications
  • Brain
  • hemiplegia
  • retrobulbar neuritis