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Maternal Super Obesity and Risk for Intensive Care Unit Admission in the MFMU Cesarean Registry

Smid, M.C.; Dotters-Katz, S.K.; Vaught, A.J.; Vladutiu, C.J.; Boggess, K.A.; Stamilio, D.M.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 92–93
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000532288.30376.19
Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards

(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2017;96(8):976–983)

Obesity is considered a risk factor for intensive care unit (ICU) admission, ICU morbidity and ICU mortality in the nonpregnant population. The prevalence of maternal super obesity [body mass index (BMI) ≥50 kg/m2] is growing and is associated with increased risk of complications including cesarean section (CS), maternal morbidity, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and peripartum hemorrhage. This study aimed to assess the association between maternal super obesity and ICU admission in women who delivered by CS or vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC).

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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