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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 436-443

Anesthetic considerations of parturients with obesity and obstructive sleep apnea

1 Department of Obstetric Anesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Canada
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India

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Saravanan P Ankichetty
Department of Obstetric Anesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, 2075 Bayview Avenue, M5 318a, Toronto, ON, M4N 3M5
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9185.101895

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by upper airway collapse and obstruction during sleep. It is estimated to affect nearly 5% of the general female population. Obesity is often associated with OSA. The physiological changes associated with pregnancy may increase the severity of OSA with a higher risk of maternal and fetal morbidity. However, very few parturients are diagnosed during pregnancy. These undiagnosed parturients pose great challenge to the attending anaesthesiologist during the perioperative period. Parturients at risk should be screened for OSA, and if diagnosed, treated. This review describes the anaesthetic concerns in obese parturients at risk for OSA presenting to the labor and delivery unit.

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