Successful Ultrasound-Guided Spinal Anesthesia in a Patient With Severe Hemophilia A Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty

Ferrante S. Gragasin, Neel Phaterpekar, Donald Glasgow, Haowei Linda Sun


Neuraxial anesthesia is the preferred technique for total joint arthroplasties. However, the absolute safety of neuraxial anesthesia in hemophilia patients has not been established. We describe a case of an adult male with severe hemophilia A, who presented for primary hip replacement due to severe hemophilic arthropathy and was managed with ultrasound-facilitated neuraxial anesthesia. Due to bleeding risks, additional considerations were necessary to minimize development of postoperative spinal hematoma. There were no perioperative adverse events. Careful preoperative multidisciplinary planning, perioperative management of neuraxial anesthesia (including the use of spinal ultrasound), and hemostasis were instrumental to successfully accomplish this. Following these principles, we demonstrate that neuraxial techniques may be a safe option for managing patients with severe hemophilia A.

J Hematol. 2023;12(6):268-271


Hemophilia; Neuraxial; Spinal; Ultrasound; Anesthesia; Arthroplasty

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