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Retroperitoneal hematoma as a complication of pudendal block. Diagnosis made by computed tomography.

  • R B Kurzel
  • A H Au
  • S A Rooholamini
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1996
  • Ecology
  • Medicine


FAQ086 -- Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery What are the types of pain-relieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery? In general, there are two types of pain-relieving drugs: 1) analgesics and 2) anesthetics. Analgesics relieve pain without total loss of feeling or muscle movement. They are used to lessen pain but usually do not stop pain completely. Anesthetics block all feeling, including pain. What are systemic analgesics? Systemic analgesics act on the whole nervous system, rather than a specific area, to lessen pain. They will not cause you to lose consciousness. These medications often are used during early labor to allow you to rest. Systemic analgesics usually are given as a shot. Depending on the type of medication, the shot is given into either a muscle or a vein. In patient-controlled analgesia, you can control the amount of medication you receive through an intravenous (IV) line. This is a small tube that is placed into a vein through which medications or fluids are given. What are the risks of systemic analgesia? Systemic pain medicine can have side effects, such as nausea, feeling drowsy, or having trouble concentrating. Sometimes another drug is given along with a systemic analgesic to relieve nausea. Systemic analgesics can affect the baby’s heart rate temporarily. It can be more difficult to detect fetal heart rate problems when these drugs are used. High doses of these FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FAQ086 LABOR, DELIVERY, AND POSTPARTUM CARE The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists fAQ • What are the types of pain-relieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery? • What are systemic analgesics? • What are the risks of systemic analgesia? • What is local anesthesia? • What are regional analgesia and regional anesthesia? • What is an epidural block? • How long does an epidural take to work? • Will I be able to move or feel anything after receiving an epidural? • Wh

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