Neuraxial labor analgesia in an obese parturient with influenza A H1N1

A. I. Lee*, M. J. Hoffman, N. N. Allen, J. T. Sullivan

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We describe the use of epidural analgesia in a 39-year-old G2P1 parturient presenting at 38+6 weeks estimated gestation with confirmed influenza A H1N1 and superimposed bilateral pneumonia. Although the patient had an uncomplicated intra- and post-partum course, little is known about the safety of performing neuraxial analgesia or anesthesia in patients with influenza. The prevalence of viremia and possible translocation of blood-borne virus to the central nervous system are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • H1N1
  • Influenza
  • Neuraxial analgesia
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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