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Anaesthetic management of a parturient patient with a malignant hyperthermia partner
  1. Rachael Dolan1 and
  2. Felicity Corcoran2
  1. 1Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachael Dolan; r.dolan{at}


Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is a rare but deleterious anaesthetic emergency that has an autosomal dominant inheritance. Successful management of the MH-susceptible fetus hinges on early suspicion and preparation. This case highlights the importance of knowing paternal anaesthetic risk as well as maternal in the parturient population. Paternal anaesthetic history is paramount in this situation, especially with a normal maternal risk, and preparation of the patient, staff and equipment is at the centre of the peripartum management of these patients.

  • Anaesthesia
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology

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  • Contributors RD drafted the paper, obtained patient consent and performed the literature review. FC revised the draft paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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