Department of Anesthesiology, North Carolina Memorial Hospital 204H, Chapel Hill. NC 27514, USA.
Spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean section
The influence of hypotension on neonatal outcome
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2007
Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 658–662, June 1982
How to Cite
CORKE, B. C., DATTA, S., OSTHEIMER, G. W., WEISS, J. B. and ALPER, M. H. (1982), Spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean section. Anaesthesia, 37: 658–662. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1982.tb01278.x
This study was presented at the Autumn Meeting 1978 of the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association and abstracted in Anaesthesia 1979; 34: 116.
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2007
- Caesarean section
The effect upon the neonate of a short period of maternal hypotension sustained during the initiation of spinal analgesia for Caesarean section was studied. Babies born to mothers with hypotension were significantly more acidotic than controls although acid-base levels were still within normal limits. Neuro-behavioural studies were found to be normal in both groups at 4 and 24 hours. It was concluded that a short period (<2 minutes) of hypotension was not harmful to the neonate.