BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006901
  • Rare disease

Administration of general anaesthesia to a paediatric patient with osteopetrosis

  1. Sibel Ozcan
  1. Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Firat University, Medical School, Elazig, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ayse Belin Ozer, abelinozer{at}


Osteopetrosis is a rare clinical syndrome characterised by the failure of bone resorption and remodelling, which causes multiple anatomical and physiological impairments. Pathological fractures can occur, in addition to, haemathological and metabolic impairments. Our patient was a 9-year-old girl diagnosed with osteopetrosis in the neonatal period. She had severe anaemia, thrombocytopaenia, hypocalcaemia, as well as growth and development delays. In this case report, the administration of general anaesthesia to the patient for a biopsy of the scalp and skull and a partial maxillectomy is presented.

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