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Cesarean Delivery of 2 Parturients with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: A Case Series

Abstract Number: F5C-3
Abstract Type: Case Report/Case Series

Christina M Faya MD1 ; Erica M Johnson MD2; Raphael Y Gershon MD, MBA3

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a rare autosomal dominant disease characterized by progressive ossification of muscles, tendons, ligaments, aponeurosis and fascia. Ossification can occur sporadically or as a result of tissue trauma beginning in early childhood, leading to cumulative disability and death by age 40. (1) Knowledge of the management of pregnant FOP patients is limited due to only five reported childbirths in medical literature (excluding the 2 in this report). (2) Significant limb contractures predispose the FOP parturient to complex cesarean delivery as most of these patients are wheel-chair bound by their late twenties. FOP patients present a unique anesthetic challenge due to ossification of their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and spine resulting in jaw immobility, severe kyphoscoliosis and restrictive lung disease. In addition, neuraxial anesthesia must be avoided as needle puncture causes painful inflammatory swelling with new bone growth at the injection site. (3) Our first FOP patient is a 24 y.o. G1P0, 58 kg female who delivered at 25 3/7 weeks, due to preterm labor and vaginal bleeding. Three years later, her sister also diagnosed with FOP was admitted for management of pre-eclampsia without severe features and IUGR. She is a 27 y.o. G1P0, 43 kg female who delivered urgently at 34 weeks due to preterm labor with rupture of membranes. Both patients underwent cesarean delivery with bilateral tubal ligation under general anesthesia with awake nasal fiberoptic intubation. ENT was present at bedside for possible emergent trach. Successful management of the FOP parturient requires multidisciplinary care with maternal fetal medicine (MFM), obstetric anesthesia, rheumatology and ENT. Both patients were initially evaluated in late second trimester, giving the team sufficient time to coordinate a delivery plan.


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3. Pignolo RJ, Shore EM, Kaplan FS. Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Diagnosis, Management and Therapeutic Horizons. Pediatr Endocrinol Rev. 2013 Jun; 10(0 2): 437–448

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