Gastro-intestinal changes in pregnancy


SS_OB 1.1

Describe the physiological changes and their implications for anaesthesia that occur during pregnancy, labour and delivery, in particular the respiratory, cardiovascular, haematological and gastrointestinal changes.

There is delayed gastric emptying for 12 weeks gestation. TRUE/FALSE/CONTROVERSIAL

During pregnancy, liver blood flow remains unaltered. TRUE/FALSE

The lower oesophageal sphincter becomes incompetent in pregnancy solely due to the loss in the angle of the gastro-oesophageal angle. TRUE/FALSE

Epidural analgesia using local anaesthetics and no opioids can reduce gastric emptying. TRUE/FALSE

Gastrin from the foetus may slow gastric emptying TRUE/FALSE



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