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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1998;41(6):1709-1714.
Published online January 1, 2001.
The Clinical Significance of Obstetric Epidural Anesthesia.
J H Chae, S K Son, S W Chung, R R Lee, H C Park, J S Wang, K H Lee, S D Kang
Authors have analyzed the clinical significance of epidural anesthesia applied on labor progress on 100 cases of normal delivery groups given epidural anesthesia from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 1996 at obstetrical service in Masan Fatima Hospital. The results of these studies were as followings. 1. There was no significant difference in mean age, body weight, height, occupation and gestational age between epidural anesthesia group and control group (P>0.05). 2. The effect of epidural anesthesia on the first stage of labor revealed no significant difference in both group (P>0.05). 3. Prolongation of second stage of labor was noticed in nullipara and multipara of epidural anesthetic group compared to control group (P<0.05). 4. The mean blood loss of epidural anesthetic group was 390cc and control group was 391cc. There was no significant difference in blood loss (P>0.05). 5. There was no significant difference in 1 minute and 5 minutes Apgar score between study and control group (P>0.05). 6. The reasons for selecting epidural anesthesia were pain (88 case), experience (3 case), adivise (9 case). 7. The efficacy of pain control by epidural anesthesia was excellent (36%), good (56%), poor (8%). Mean VAS (Visual Analogue Scale) score was 3.78 (+/-4.87, Standard Deviation).
Key Words: Epidural anesthesia, Labor pain

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