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Anesthesia and the Pregnant Surgical Patient
  1. Jay B. Brodsky, MD
  1. From the Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California


Thousands of pregnant surgical patients undergo regional or general anesthesia each year for nonobstetrical problems. The special considerations in the anesthetic management of both the mother and the fetus are discussed. There is no scientific evidence that a specific anesthetic agent or technique is more hazardous to the fetus than another, as long as maternal blood pressure and ventilation are maintained within normal limits.

  • Pregnancy
  • Teratogen
  • Miscarriage
  • Congenital anomaly

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