Case Report

Misoprostol Induced Hyperpyrexia associated with Seizures in Postpartum Parturient: Rare Side Effect and its Management in Critical Care Settings


Misoprostol is a synthetic prostaglandin E1 analogue and has been reccommended as a safe, effective, easy to administer, cost efficient next in line drug after oxytocin, for the treatment and prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). Notwithstanding, it causes certain undesirable side effects compared to oxytocin such as nausea, vomiting, shivering, diarrhoea and transient fever. Transient pyrexia is commonly related with misoprostol administration, due to shift of hypothalamic set point. However, hyperpyrexia clubbed with seizures is a rare yet self-limiting side effect and requires prompt management strategies. There have been case reports describing fever following misoprostol administration but only few describing hyperpyrexia and even fewer describing with seizures. We report a case of hyperpyrexia associated with delayed presentation of generalised sezuires after administration of rectal misoprotol and its successful management in critical care settings.

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IssueVol 7 No 1 (2021): Winter QRcode
SectionCase Report(s)
Misoprostol Hyperpyrexia Seizures Oxytocin Postpartum Haemorrhage

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Kapoor D, Sharma M, Singh M, Sinha S, Kathuria B. Misoprostol Induced Hyperpyrexia associated with Seizures in Postpartum Parturient: Rare Side Effect and its Management in Critical Care Settings. Arch Anesth & Crit Care. 7(1):50-2.