Ultrasound imaging of the lumbar spine in the transverse plane: the correlation between estimated and actual depth to the epidural space in obese parturients.

@article{Balki2009UltrasoundIO,
  title={Ultrasound imaging of the lumbar spine in the transverse plane: the correlation between estimated and actual depth to the epidural space in obese parturients.},
  author={Mrinalini Balki and Yung Joo Lee and Stephen Halpern and Jos{\'e} Carlos Almeida Carvalho},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={2009},
  volume={108 6},
  pages={1876-81}
}
BACKGROUND Prepuncture lumbar ultrasound scanning is a reliable tool to facilitate labor epidural needle placement in nonobese parturients. In this study, we assessed prepuncture lumbar ultrasound scanning as a tool for estimating the depth to the epidural space and determining the optimal insertion point in obese parturients. METHODS We studied 46 obese parturients, with prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) >30 kg/m(2), requesting labor epidural analgesia. Ultrasound imaging was done by one of… CONTINUE READING
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