Anesthesia for Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy

  • Sanjay Datta
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
  • Scott Segal


It has been estimated that every year in the United States about 50,000 pregnant women (0.5–2.2%) will receive anesthesia for various surgical indications during their pregnancy. The purpose of this surgery may be (1) to prolong gestation, (2) unrelated to the pregnancy, or (3) to correct fetal anomalies. Hence, an understanding of the effects of different anesthetic drugs and techniques on the mother and fetus is essential to the safe administration of anesthesia to pregnant women undergoing surgery. Recently, a question of preoperative pregnancy testing in adolescents has been raised. The authors observed retrospectively 412 adolescent women undergoing surgery.


Nitrous Oxide Spontaneous Abortion Fetal Heart Rate Minimum Alveolar Concentration Teratogenic Effect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjay Datta
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
    • 1
    • 2
  • Scott Segal
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Brigham & Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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