Perinatal Pharmacology

  • Sanjay Datta
  • Bhavani Shankar Kodali
  • Scott Segal


Perinatal pharmacology involves the three most important participants in pregnancy: the mother, the placenta, and the fetus (Fig. 3-1). Virtually all drugs administered to the mother can traverse the placenta and appear in the fetal circulation to some extent. Hence an appreciation of perinatal pharmacology is important for the safe conduct of obstetric anesthesia.


Fetal Liver Placental Transfer Fetal Circulation Spiral Artery Fetal Uptake 
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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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