Complications of labor analgesia: epidural versus combined spinal epidural techniques.

  title={Complications of labor analgesia: epidural versus combined spinal epidural techniques.},
  author={Mark C. Norris and W M Grieco and Michał Borkowski and Barbara L. Leighton and Valerie A Arkoosh and H Jane Huffnagle and Suzanne L Huffnagle},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  volume={79 3},
Both epidural and combined spinal epidural (CSE) analgesia can provide maternal pain relief during labor. Currently, there are few data comparing the risks and complications of these two techniques. We recorded the incidence and severity of anesthetic-related complications in 1022 laboring parturients. Ninety-eight women opted for either no or parenteral analgesia, 388 chose epidural, and 536 requested CSE analgesia. Women choosing CSE analgesia most often received an intrathecal injection of… CONTINUE READING


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