We describe the use of dexmedetomidine for an awake neurosurgical procedure in a pregnant patient and quantify the effect of mannitol on intrauterine volume. A 27-year-old woman underwent a craniotomy, with intraprocedural motor and speech mapping, at 20 weeks of gestation. Sedation was maintained with dexmedetomidine. Mannitol at 0.25 g/kg IV was administered to control brain volume during surgery. Internal uterine volume was estimated at 1092 cm<sup>3</sup> before surgery and decreased to 770 and 953 cm<sup>3</sup> at 9 and 48 hours, respectively, after baseline assessment. No adverse maternal or fetal effects were noted during the intraoperative period or up to 48 hours postoperatively.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine