Finding of relation between epidural anaesthesia and long term backache remains valid

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7109.679a (Published 13 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:679
  1. Christine MacArthur, Reader in maternal and child epidemiologya,
  2. Margo Lewis, Consultant anaesthetista,
  3. George Knox, Emeritus professora
  1. aDepartment of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

    Editor—Robin Russell and Felicity Reynolds conclude in their editorial “that in no prospective study has the use of regional anaesthesia been associated with an increased risk of chronic backache.” 1 The path to this conclusion and to the reassurances based on it involves stigmatising our investigation in 19902 (and their own previous study) as “retrospective” in design. They then attach to this the well known hazards of this approach and infer that women, in retrospect, …

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