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Korean J Anesthesiol. 2000 Mar;38(3):567-570. Korean. Case Report.
Lee JH , Nam KH , Hong SJ , Lee KN , Moon JI , Kim HS .
Department of Anesthesiology, Presbyterian Medical Center, Chonju, Korea.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Presbyterian Medical Center, Chonju, Korea.

Anesthesiologists are occasionally faced with a dilemma in managing Jehovah's witness patients who refuse transfusion of blood or blood products in life threatening situations. We report a case in which a 28-year old Jehovah's witness parturient underwent an emergency cesarean section due to complex problems of fetal distress, twin pregnancy and preeclampsia. Despite the severe anemia, she had a good postoperative recovery without any complications. We suggest that it is necessary to know the religious background, ethical issues and conflicts in caring for Jehovah's Witness patients, and be familliar with perioperative management without transfusion for these cases.

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