HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Duke study: The heavier the mom at delivery, the more likely baby will be delivered by cesarian section

DALLAS -- The more obese a pregnant woman is at the time of delivery, the more likely she will deliver her baby by Cesarean section, according to a study by obstetric anesthesiologists at Duke University Medical Center.

Because of this, the researchers recommend that all obese women who come to a hospital in labor should consider having an epidural analgesia line placed in order to minimize the potential risks of general anesthesia if a C-section becomes necessary. An epidural involves the placement of a thin catheter into the epidural space near the spinal column, which allows physicians to introduce anesthetic agents that can be used to block the pain of vaginal delivery or provide anesthesia for a C-section. In a general anesthetic, the patient is unconscious; when an epidural is used, the patient is awake but cannot feel pain in the lower half of the body.

Anesthesiologists in most cases don't see expectant mothers until just a few hours before delivery, but the type of anesthesia used can directly affect the health of mother and baby. This is especially true of obese women, because physicians encounter more difficulty in successfully administering emergency general anesthesia to overweight patients.

Duke obstetric anesthesiologist Dr. Elizabeth Bell prepared the results of her study for presentation Monday (Oct. 12) at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Bell reviewed the medical records of 2,493 mothers who gave birth at Duke University Hospital and whose height and weight was taken over a 16-month period, and found that 833, or one third, received a C-section. Then she calculated each patient's body mass index (BMI), which is considered the most reliable measurement of obesity, for all the mothers.

"We found that the patients who had C-sections had an average BMI of 53, significantly higher than the average BMI of 31 for those delivering vaginally," Bell s
'"/>

Contact: Richard Merritt
Merri006@mc.duke.edu
919-684-4148
Duke University Medical Center
12-Oct-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. UNC study: Most N.C. family practitioners engage in unrecognized community service
2. UCLA study: Nearly a third of drug ads in medical journals contain no references for medical claims
3. More homeless mentally ill than expected according to UCSD study: Interventions urged
4. Lab study: Protein delivered via genetically engineered virus slowed glioblasoma multiforme growth
5. Mouse study: Signal overload in Alzheimer brains
6. OHSU study: Testosterone deprivation makes men forget
7. Mayo Clinic led study: Minimally invasive surgery safe, effective for patients with colon cancer
8. New study: Small, frequent doses of caffeine best strategy for staying awake
9. OHSU study: Rate of brain volume loss predicts dementia
10. Major study: Bioartificial liver reduces mortality by 44 percent in acute liver-failure patients
11. National study: Health care access for poor children improves, but gap in care for uninsured grows

Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2014)... November 24, 2014 The typical American ... the wrong ingredients. Consistently consuming a diet high in ... stores of excess fat that typically accumulate around the ... rearing its ugly head in the form of love ... dieters make the decision to rid themselves of the ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 24, 2014 ... as he was trying to cross the street in ... "The driver never saw him. I came up with ... easily visible at night." , He developed the Safety ... night or in low-lighting conditions. The device ensures that ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... 2014 Tbdress.com has recently announced ... on Nov. 28, 2014. The special offer will provide ladies ... is one of the world’s largest women’s dresses retailers, and ... People can enjoy great discounts on that day: Everything at ... delivery (for orders above $89). , People can use the ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... Locks-Magnetic.com, a notable magnetic locks maker, has released a ... are available at low rates up to 30% off. ... new emergency doors. The emergency door adopts fireproof material ... several colors. All of the products are top-quality guaranteed. ... not as easy as many people think. As ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... November 23, 2014 AngelWeddingDress.com ... a new selection of beach wedding dresses. “If you ... prices, visit AngelWeddingDress.com as soon as possible. Here you ... The sales manager says. , Holding a big marriage ... And choosing a beautiful beach wedding dress is uppermost ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Ketogenic Diet is the Perfect Solution for Diet Doc Patients Who Want to Learn How to Lose Weight over the Holidays 2Health News:Ketogenic Diet is the Perfect Solution for Diet Doc Patients Who Want to Learn How to Lose Weight over the Holidays 3Health News:Ketogenic Diet is the Perfect Solution for Diet Doc Patients Who Want to Learn How to Lose Weight over the Holidays 4Health News:Tbdress.com Special Friday Shoes Sales Online Now 2Health News:Beach Wedding Dresses Added to Outstanding Online Dress Company AngelWeddingDress.com 2
(Date:11/21/2014)... , Nov. 21, 2014  The University of Maryland,s ... the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new A. James Clark ... new building will cultivate transformative new engineering and biomedical ... Taking place at 10:00 a.m. on November 21 at ... Branch Parking Lot, adjacent to the Jeong H. Kim ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... DIEGO , Nov. 21, 2014  Tandem ... TNDM ), a medical device company and manufacturer ... announced a partnership with Tidepool, a non-profit dedicated ... open source software platform that increases diabetes data ... Tidepool Platform, which is currently under development, to ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... SARASOTA, Fla. , Nov. 21, 2014   ... ) announced that the Company is scheduled to present ... San Francisco, CA on January 12-14, ... PhD, Chairman and CEO of Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, will ... small molecule cholinergic agonist which exhibits anti-inflammatory pharmacological characteristics. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:University of Maryland Breaks Ground for A. James Clark Hall 2University of Maryland Breaks Ground for A. James Clark Hall 3University of Maryland Breaks Ground for A. James Clark Hall 4Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Partnership with Tidepool to Further Expand Access to Diabetes Device Data 2Tandem Diabetes Care Announces Partnership with Tidepool to Further Expand Access to Diabetes Device Data 3Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Biotech Showcase 2015 2Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Biotech Showcase 2015 3Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Biotech Showcase 2015 4
Cached News: