oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Acute hyperventilation leading to hypocalcaemia during spinal anaesthesia : case report

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



The most common cause of hypocalcaemia under general anaesthesia is acute mechanical hyperventilation, but hypocalcaemia during spinal anaesthesia has not been reported. This case report describes the development of hypocalcaemia due to hyperventilation in a patient undergoing appendicectomy under spinal anaesthesia. The diagnostic features of hypocalcaemia and its treatment are explained in detail.

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