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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2006;1(1):53-55.
Published online July 30, 2006.
Anesthetic Management of Cesarean Section in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)Positive Pregnant Woman : A case report
Jong Taek Park, Jae Myoung Kim, Dae Ja Um
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Wonju Christian Hospital, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
Anesthesiologists are encountering an increasing number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in pregnant women. In HIV infected patients, the history should include an evaluation of opportunistic infections, malignancies and treatments with antiretroviral drugs. The anesthesiologist should be aware of the possible toxic side effects or interactions between the antiretroviral drugs and anesthetics. In addition, a HIV infection passing from patient to physician can occur. Therefore, safety measures must be taken when handling body fluid or blood. We report the anesthetic management of an elective cesarean section in a HIV positive pregnant woman who was treated with antiretroviral drugs to decrease the possibility of vertical transmission.
Key Words: anesthetic management, antiretroviral drug, human immunodeficiency virus, safety measures

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