Misconceptions about neuraxial analgesia

Anesthesiol Clin North Am. 2003 Mar;21(1):59-70. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8537(02)00028-7.


Neuraxial analgesia is the most effective treatment for labor pain. Although there are known risks and side effects, many problems are attributed to the technique without appropriate scientific assessment. Some observations, such as the increased use of forceps and prolonged second stage of labor, are associated with epidural analgesia, but there is not enough evidence to categorically state whether the technique caused the problems. These topics warrant continued investigation.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Analgesia, Epidural / adverse effects*
  • Analgesia, Obstetrical / adverse effects*
  • Breast Feeding
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Labor, Obstetric
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Pregnancy