Anesthesia Complications in the Birthplace: Is the Neuraxial Block Always to Blame?

David J. Birnbach, J. Sudharma Ranasinghe

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Abstract

This article highlights the common and some of the very serious complications that may occur following neuraxial analgesia for labor and delivery, including headache, backache, infection, hypotension, and hematoma. Total spinal and failed block also are discussed, as are complications unique to epidural anesthesia, such as the intravascular injection of large volumes of local anesthetic (causing seizure or cardiac arrest) and accidental dural puncture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-52
Number of pages18
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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