Anaesthesia for the HIV-positive parturient

  • P R Penfold Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Keywords: anaesthesia' HIV-positive parturient


Some diseases have become so common in our practice that they tend to pass by unnoticed, after a while. HIV infection is one of these, While most HIV-positive patients cause us no reason for concern, a regular revisiting of some of disease-related issues is certainly worthwhile. Parturients are a fascinating group: seemingly young and healthy women present for procedures that aren’t even necessary as a result of pathology, and robust physiology aids them in passing through our hands relatively unscathed. However, when unusual things start happening, this sense of security can vanish frighteningly quickly.

Author Biography

P R Penfold, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
MBChB, FCA Department of Anaesthesia Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Obstetric Anaesthesia