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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 508-521

Morbidly obese parturient: Challenges for the anaesthesiologist, including managing the difficult airway in obstetrics. What is new?


Department of Anaesthesiology, Siddhartha Medical College, Government General Hospital, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada, India

Correspondence Address:
Durga Prasada Rao
Department of Anaesthesiology, Siddhartha Medical College, Government General Hospital, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.72639

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The purpose of this article is to review the fundamental aspects of obesity, pregnancy and a combination of both. The scientific aim is to understand the physiological changes, pathological clinical presentations and application of technical skills and pharmacological knowledge on this unique clinical condition. The goal of this presentation is to define the difficult airway, highlight the main reasons for difficult or failed intubation and propose a practical approach to management Throughout the review, an important component is the necessity for team work between the anaesthesiologist and the obstetrician. Certain protocols are recommended to meet the anaesthetic challenges and finally concluding with "what is new?" in obstetric anaesthesia.


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