One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
On or around the dura mater, in particular (of an anaesthetic) introduced into the space around the dura mater of the spinal cord.
- ‘They can also be given in the epidural space in the spinal column where nerves exit.’
- ‘The neurologist who examined her found and drained an epidural abscess from the lumbar region.’
- ‘They can also be given through an epidural catheter (a thin tube).’
- ‘Most epidural abscesses are located posteriorly in the thoracic or lumbar spine.’
- ‘Patients with epidural hematoma usually have a history of recent spinal procedure or trauma.’
An epidural anaesthetic, used especially in childbirth to produce loss of sensation below the waist.
- ‘The policy states that epidurals should not be denied because of the patient's insurance and that nurses should not be restricted from managing regional anesthesia.’
- ‘Anaesthetists routinely provide epidurals for both vaginal and caesarean deliveries.’
- ‘Ask your doctor what percentage of their patients receive an epidural.’
- ‘Her work's on epidurals, pain relief in childbirth and how very dicey it is getting the needle into the right place.’
- ‘A low-dose epidural is also a way of giving women a brief rest from the pain during early labour.’
- ‘Most hospitals use IV medicines or epidurals for pain relief.’
- ‘Anaesthetists want to prove epidurals work well and they don't want to follow up on stories of backache or discomfort.’
- ‘Conversely, because epidurals can provide excellent analgesia, patients will require no systemic sedative analgesia, which is also identified in the editorial as a cause of immobility.’
- ‘Unsuccessful attempts at administering the epidural should be recorded factually with no editorial comments.’
- ‘This included the ability to induce labour and the use of epidurals to ease difficult pregnancies.’
- ‘Besides the discomfort of administering the epidural and the fact that it may take a half hour to 90 minutes for pain relief to take effect, mothers opting for epidurals risk these side effects.’
- ‘Finally, it is noteworthy that caregiver preferences may to a large extent dictate the use of epidurals and other medical procedures for laboring women.’
- ‘Where available, more than one in five women will request epidurals for pain relief in labour.’
- ‘Little attention has been paid to other obstetric interventions such as epidurals, episiotomies, and instrumental births’
- ‘These types of epidurals is not discussed here.’
- ‘In many hospitals, labor pain management options are limited to epidurals, parenteral analgesics, or rudimentary labor support from overextended nurses.’
- ‘Over 1000 nulliparous women who requested epidurals in labour participated in a randomised controlled trial comparing low dose spinal anaesthetic, low dose epidural, and conventional epidural.’
- ‘Despite unopposed parasympathetic activity, epidurals do not increase leak rates.’
- ‘The review also studied the use of delayed pushing as a labor management strategy in women with epidurals.’
- ‘Every time I pick up the paper I read about women's awful experiences of childbirth, of epidurals, of cold, sterile hospitals, Caesarians, epistimologies, birthing like a factory process, pregnancy treated like an illness.’
Late 19th century: from epi- ‘upon’ + dura + -al.
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