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Physiologic Changes During Pregnancy: Effects of Major Regional Anesthesia
  1. Michael N. Skaredoff, M.D. and
  2. Gerard W. Ostheimer, M.D.
  1. From the Department of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  1. Address reprint requests to Dr. Skaredoff: Department of Obstetric Anesthesia, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115.


The major cardiovascular and respiratory changes, and problems that can occur, in normal pregnancy are briefly reviewed, as are the effects of these changes on use of regional anesthesia. Procedures for and possible problems of anesthesia during parturition are discussed.

  • Epidural
  • Spinal
  • Obstetrics
  • Physiology
  • Membranes
  • Review article

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