Pulmonary edema induced by calcium-channel blockade for tocolysis

Anesth Analg. 2004 Sep;99(3):910-911. doi: 10.1213/01.ANE.0000135182.79774.A0.


Nicardipine is used in the treatment of premature labor. There are no previous reports in the anesthesia literature of serious side effects associated with this drug. We report a case of pulmonary edema induced by nicardipine therapy for tocolysis in a pregnant 27-yr-old patient admitted to our hospital for preterm labor with intact membranes at 27 wk of gestation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calcium Channel Blockers / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nicardipine / adverse effects*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary Edema / chemically induced*
  • Tocolysis / adverse effects*


  • Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Nicardipine