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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-10

Neurological complications in obstetric regional anesthetic practice


1 Specialty Trainee, North West Deanery, Manchester, United Kingdom
2 Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Oldham Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Manchester Medical School, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Dr. Alastair Duncan
Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham, Manchester, OL1 2JH
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2249-4472.181055

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Each year in the United Kingdom, nearly one-third of women giving birth will receive a central neuraxial block (CNB). The majority of postpartum neurological complications are secondary to intrinsic obstetric palsies. Despite this, neurological injury can occur following obstetric regional anesthesia. Any postpartum neurological deficit identified by the patient, anesthetist, midwife, or obstetrician should be investigated thoroughly. Prompt recognition and appropriate management of neurological complications is of the utmost importance in reducing the risk of permanent impairment. Anesthetists must recognize and coordinate the appropriate initial management for the complications associated with CNB in order to prevent permanent neurological damage.


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