Horner syndrome during lumbar epidural analgesia for obstetrics

Obstet Gynecol. 1982 Jun;59(6 Suppl):31S-2S.


Horner syndrome (ptosis, miosis, anhidrosis, and facial and conjunctival vasodilation) is a recognized complication of lumbar epidural analgesia for labor and delivery. Alone, it presents no significant risk to mother or fetus, as resolution is spontaneous and complete. Horner syndrome may, however, be associated with significant maternal hypotension and therefore should be an indication for close maternal and fetal monitoring to provide reassurance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analgesics / adverse effects*
  • Anesthesia, Epidural / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Horner Syndrome / chemically induced*
  • Horner Syndrome / complications
  • Humans
  • Hypotension / etiology
  • Obstetric Labor Complications*
  • Pregnancy


  • Analgesics