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Title: Comparison of general and regional anesthesia for cesarean section: Success rate, blood loss and satisfaction from a randomized trial
Authors: Jariya Lertakyamanee
Thitima Chinachoti
Thara Tritrakarn
Jarinya Muangkasem
Achra Somboonnanonda
Thrathip Kolatat
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jul-1999
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.82, No.7 (1999), 672-679
Abstract: Objective: A prospective randomized trial was organized to compare the effectiveness of general and regional anesthesia for cesarean section (C/S). Method: Three hundred and forty-one patients were randomized into the general anesthesia group (GA), epidural anesthesia group (EA) and spinal anesthesia group (SA). The effectiveness of interest was success rate, blood loss and patient satisfaction. Result: We found that the success rates of EA and SA were lower than GA. Success in EA should be improved by using an epidural catheter to add more local anesthetic drug instead of a single shot; and the surgeon should allow more time for the block to work adequately. Success is SA should be improved by using bupivacaine instead of lidocaine. GA resulted in significantly more blood loss, lower postoperative hematocrit, and higher proportion of patients who had postoperative hematocrit <30 per cent than EA and SA. The patients' satisfaction scores were not different among the 3 techniques. This meant that, given adequate explanation and perioperative care, Thai women were satisfied with regional anesthesia. Conclusion: Regional anesthesia is a better choice of anesthesia for C/S than general anesthesia. However, the availability of different techniques and ability to change the technique when needed were very useful and important. If GA is chosen, all safety procedures must be followed. Oxygen supplement and endotracheal intubation facilities must be available in all techniques. Guidelines of anesthesia for C/S at a national level should be agreed upon, including the type of personnel, monitoring equipment and postoperative care.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 1991-2000

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