The effect of epidural analgesia on material thermoregulation in labor

Livia Kapusta, Edmond Confino*, Bernardo Ismajovich, Yossef Rosenblum, Menachem P. David

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Core and peripheral body temperatures were recorded in 24 parturients in labor with epidural analgesia and in 9 control parturients without analgesia. Shivering occurred in 11 (46%) of the women with epidural analgesia and in one parturient without analgesia. Twelve patients (50%) showed increase in leg and chest temperatures after injection of bupivacaine 0.35% into the epidural space. Lumbar epidural analgesia may produce shivering and temporary temperature changes in the periphery. Core temperature is not significantly altered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1985


  • Bupivacaine
  • Core and peripheral temperature
  • Epidural analgesia
  • Shivering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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