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Crit Care Clin. 2004 Oct;20(4):617-42.

Airway problems in pregnancy.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology, Baylor College of Medicine, 6550 Fannin, Smith Tower, Suite 1003, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Obstetric anesthesia is considered to be a difficult, high-risk practice that exposes the anesthesiologist to increased medicolegal liability. Anesthetic management of parturient patients is a challenge, as it involves simultaneous care of two lives. The anesthesia practitioner has a duty to provide safe anesthetic care, including effective airway management when providing regional or general anesthesia. The potential need to manipulate the airway is perhaps the leading cause of concern among obstetric anesthesiologists.

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