Speed of onset of regional analgesia in labour: a comparison of the epidural and spinal routes.


This study compares the speed of onset of effective analgesia in two randomly assigned groups of patients requesting analgesia in labour. Patients in the combined spinal-epidural group (n = 69) were given a subarachnoid injection of 1.5 ml containing bupivacaine 2.5 mg and fentanyl 25 microg for initiation of analgesia. Patients in the epidural group (n… (More)


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