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Epidural anaesthesia and low back pain after delivery

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7030.581 (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:581
  1. Henry McQuay,
  2. Andrew Moore
  1. Clinical reader in pain relief Consultant biochemist Pain Relief Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford OX3 7LJ

    EDITOR,—The final key message in the paper by Alison Macarthur and colleagues is that everyone “can assure women that any increased risk of low back pain is small and transient.”1 The two key questions are then “How big is the risk?” and “How long does it last?”

    Despite differences in the definition of the outcome backache, when the data from the paper1 were combined with those from previous studies …

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