Scientists have overestimated the risks from epidurals and spinal anaestheticsJanuary 12th, 2009 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 12 (ANI): The risks of severe complications linked with epidurals and spinal anaesthetics are exaggerated, according to a study.
The study, led by Dr Tim Cook of the Royal United Hospital, Bath, suggests that the procedures are safer than previously thought.
It showed that the risk of permanent harm linked with spinal anaesthetic or epidural was about one in 23,000 to one in 50,000.
Permanent injury in the study was defined as symptoms lasting more than six months.
The risk of being paralysed was two to three times less than of suffering any permanent harm.
Besides, the risk for women requiring pain relief for labour or Caesarean section was still lower, and the most pessimistic estimate of permanent harm was one in 80,000.
It was found, the risk of harm associated with epidural use during surgery was considerably higher than during childbirth, between one in 6,000 and one in 12,000.
However, even that was lower than previous estimates.
Cook said that the reason behind higher risk could be that many patients were elderly with medical problems, “and that the surgery itself increases risks, reports The Independent.
The study was published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. (ANI)
- Will mums-to-be learn to hypnotize themselves to cut labour pain? - Feb 14, 2011
- Having epidurals during labour may protect key muscles - Aug 26, 2010
- Anaesthesia not harmful for babies during birth - Jul 28, 2009
- Infants given anaesthesia face learning problems - Aug 29, 2012
- Caesarean babies have higher risk of asthma - Jan 11, 2012
- 'Most women demand Caesareans' myth debunked - Oct 07, 2010
- Anaesthetic gasses also contribute to global warming: Scientists - Dec 04, 2010
- Restricting food during labour not beneficial for women - Feb 03, 2010
- 'Allergies linked to lower risk of brain tumours' - Aug 06, 2012
- How anaesthesia disturbs self-perception - Jan 20, 2011
- What's good for women's heart? Baked mackerel! - May 25, 2011
- Caesarean babies at greater risk of becoming fat - May 15, 2011
- Conceiving again within a year trebles autism risk - Jan 10, 2011
- Women fearing childbirth have longer labour - Jun 27, 2012
- Diabetic women likely to deliver babies with defects - Feb 06, 2012
Tags: british journal of anaesthesia, caesarean section, childbirth, dr tim, epidural, epidurals, estimates, journal of anaesthesia, labour, london jan, medical problems, pain relief, paralysed, risk, royal united hospital, scientists, six months, spinal anaesthetic, three times, tim cook