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Nonobstetric surgery during pregnancy: what are the risks of anesthesia?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14707749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The need for anesthesia and surgery during pregnancy occurs in 1.5% to 2.0% of all pregnancies. Each year, over 75,000 pregnant women in the United States undergo nonobstetric surgery. The operations include those directly related to pregnancy (e.g., cerclage), those indirectly related to pregnancy (e.g., ovarian cystectomy), and those unrelated to gestation (e.g., appendectomy, cholecystectomy). The diagnosis of any medical condition requiring surgical intervention in pregnancy often raises questions about the safety of both surgery and anesthesia in these patients. This controversy was primarily attributed to the lay press speculations that surgery and anesthesia in pregnancy could pose hazards to the mother and fetus. Despite these concerns, the safety of nonobstetric surgery and anesthesia in pregnancy has been well established, and many pregnant women are safely anesthetized everyday without ill effects for the mother or fetus.
Krzysztof M Kuczkowski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obstetrical & gynecological survey     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0029-7828     ISO Abbreviation:  Obstet Gynecol Surv     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-01-06     Completed Date:  2004-04-08     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401007     Medline TA:  Obstet Gynecol Surv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, UCSD Medical Center, 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103-8770, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia / adverse effects*
Anesthetics / adverse effects*
Cardiac Surgical Procedures
Fetal Monitoring
Fetus / drug effects
Monitoring, Intraoperative
Neurosurgical Procedures
Pregnancy Complications / surgery*
Pregnancy Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anesthetics; 0/Teratogens

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