Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia

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Rabies vaccine and neuraxial anaesthesia

V Rewari, R Garg, A Trikha


This case report of neuraxial anaesthesia for emergency orthopaedic surgery serves to highlight the dilemma faced by anaesthetists when surgical intervention becomes necessary in a patient on anti-rabies vaccine. The two issues of importance are the possible reduction in the efficacy of vaccination by an immunosuppressive effect of anaesthesia and surgery, and the possible need to avoid local anaesthetics for the provision of postoperative analgesia to assist in the early detection of any neurological deficit.

Keywords: rabies; vaccine; anaesthesia; neuraxial block
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