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Paediatr Anaesth. 2004 Oct;14(10):871-3.

Anesthetic management in Joubert syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA.


We review the anesthetic implications of Joubert syndrome and report that spinal anesthesia under intravenous propofol sedation proved satisfactory for repair of an inguinal hernia in a spontaneously ventilating infant with this syndrome. We caution that anatomical peculiarities may complicate performance of a caudal epidural block and suggest consideration of the use of caffeine to ameliorate the apneic episodes seen in early infancy in this syndrome.

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