Pathophysiological and Perioperative Features of Morbidly Obese Parturients

Yigal Leykin; Tommaso Pellis

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Expert Rev of Obstet Gynecol. 2009;4(3):313-319. 

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Anesthesia & Analgesia

Obesity in pregnancy poses a number of additional challenges for both general and neuraxial anesthesia (Box 2). Morbidly obese parturients often require anesthetic or analgesic support because of their higher rate of obstetric complications, which leads to an increase in elective or emergency surgical procedures.[12] Although debated, according to some authors analgesia during labor is also demanded more often due to more painful uterine contractions in obese patients.[43]

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