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Epidural anaesthesia does not cause long term backache

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7124.69b (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:69
  1. F Reynolds, Emeritus professor of obstetric anaesthesiaa,
  2. R Russell, Consultant anaesthetistb
  1. a UMDS, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH
  2. b John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    Editor—MacArthur et al comment1 on our editorial on back pain, pregnancy, and childbirth. In the editorial we indicated that no prospective study has shown a link between epidural analgesia in labour and long term backache, while referring to their study, which did suggest a link,2 as retrospective. We are sorry that this has caused concern. In our editorial we pointed out that prospective studies consistently show an incidence of backache during pregnancy of …

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