Epidurals and backache: again?

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.1037/b (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1037
  1. Felicity Reynolds, emeritus professor of obstetric anaesthesia (felicity.reynolds@btinternet.com)
  1. St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH

    EDITOR—Anaesthetists have reason to be grateful to the BMJfor publishing yet another trial, albeit a small one, showing that epidural analgesia is not associated with long term backache.1 On each occasion this outcome seems to come as a surprise, so the finding is worth repeating. The BMJ published with alacrity several retrospective studies that gave the erroneous …

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