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Crit Care Clin. 2016 Jan;32(1):1-28. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2015.08.009.

Anesthetic Complications in Pregnancy.

Author information

1
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA. Electronic address: amiehoefnagel@gmail.com.
2
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA.

Abstract

Anesthesia complications in the parturient can be divided into 2 categories: those related to airway manipulation and those related to neuraxial anesthesia. Physiologic changes of pregnancy can lead to challenging intubating conditions in a patient at risk of aspiration. Neuraxial techniques are used to provide analgesia for labor and anesthesia for surgical delivery. Therefore, complications associated with neuraxial techniques are often seen in this population. In the event of maternal cardiac arrest, modification to advanced cardiac life support algorithms must be made to accommodate the gravid uterus and to deliver the fetus if return of maternal circulation is not prompt.

KEYWORDS:

Aspiration; Epidural hematoma; Failed intubation; Neuraxial blockade; Neuropathy; Postdural puncture headache; Thrombocytopenia; Transient neurologic symptoms

PMID:
26600441
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2015.08.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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