Interventions at caesarean section for reducing the risk of aspiration pneumonitis

Shantini Paranjothy, J. D. Griffiths, Hannah K. Broughton, G. M. L. Gyte, H. C. Brown, J. Thomas

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Background Various interventions are used as prophylaxis for aspiration pneumonitis in obstetric anaesthesia. This review, based on a Cochrane systematic review currently being updated, examines whether interventions given before caesarean section reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonitis. Methods Twenty-two studies, involving 2658 women providing data in a usable format for meta-analysis were identified. Results Compared to no treatment or placebo, there was a significant reduction in the risk of intra-gastric pH
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-148
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • aspiration pneumonitis ; caesarean section ; antacids ; H2 antagonists ; proton-pump inhibitors


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