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Maternal Complications of Regional Analgesia
  1. Gertie F. Marx, M.D.
  1. From the Department of Anesthesiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York
  1. Address reprint requests to Dr. Marx: Department of Anesthesiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine-J-1226, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461.


The maternal complications that can follow regional anesthesia are reviewed. Methods of managing the physiologic aftereffects, hypotension and headache, are summarized. Iatrogenic side effects, cardiovascular collapse and prolonged sensory/motor deficit, are discussed, with the conclusion that such complications are avoidable.

  • Epidural analgesia
  • Obstetrics
  • Complications
  • maternal
  • toxicity
  • postdural puncture headache

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