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Maternal physiology and pathophysiology

Dermot Nicolson and Rachel Collis

in Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199572144
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607488 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0002

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Maternal physiology and pathophysiology

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• Major physiological changes occur during pregnancy • These changes are brought about by hormonal factors and mechanical factors from the enlarging uterus • An understanding of these physiological changes is vital: they have implications for the safe care of the pregnant patient and conduct of anaesthesia • Knowledge of the physiological changes allows us to anticipate the effect that pregnancy will have on co-morbid medical conditions.

Chapter.  2720 words. 

Subjects: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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