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Labor analgesia for the parturient with lumbar tattoos: what does an obstetrician need to know?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16491369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Tattoos-ancient forms of permanent body ornamentation (body art) have today become popular fashion accessories worldwide. More than 50% of all tattoos are being done on women. In the recent years body tattooing in unconventional sites (e.g. lumbar and/or sacral area, lower abdomen, breast, and buttocks) has gained increasing popularity among young women (including in pregnancy). Although, the potential hazards of regional anesthesia in patients with lumbar tattoos remain controversial it may seem prudent to avoid a hollow needle insertion (possible tissue entrapment in its bore as the needle passes to the deeper structures) through a tattoo for neuraxial blocks. This author is not aware of any other review articles in English literature discussing implications, and complications of labor analgesia in parturients presenting with lumbar tattoos.
Krzysztof M Kuczkowski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-02-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of gynecology and obstetrics     Volume:  274     ISSN:  0932-0067     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Gynecol. Obstet.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-25     Completed Date:  2007-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710213     Medline TA:  Arch Gynecol Obstet     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  310-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departments of Anesthesiology and Reproductive Medicine, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA 92103-8770, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesia, Epidural*
Analgesia, Obstetrical*
Labor Pain / therapy
Lumbosacral Region*

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