Spinal Anesthesia in Relation to Childbirth
Dr. Cheval effects spinal anesthesia by means of 0.1 gm. of procain. Labor pains cease immediately; uterine contractions no longer occur, but postpartum hemorrhage was not noted. Subinvolution proceeded normally after the operative evacuation of the uterus. The indications for spinal anesthesia in obstetrics are: (1) when general anesthesia is contraindicated; (2) when the pregnant uterus is spasmodically contracted, or when uterine rupture is feared, and (3) in cesarean operations. Cheval regards spinal anesthesia as a method to be used only under exceptional conditions, especially in view of the fact that chloroform narcosis is particularly well borne by the pregnant woman.
Clash of Languages
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