Maternal Obesity and Neck Circumference

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Title: Maternal Obesity and Neck Circumference
Authors: Anglim, B.
O'Higgins, Amy
Daly, Niamh
Farren, Maria
Turner, Michael
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9262
Date: Jul-2015
Abstract: Obese women are more likely to require general anaesthesia for an obstetric intervention than non-obese. Difficult tracheal intubation and oxygen desaturation is more common in pregnancy. Failed tracheal intubation has been associated with an increase in neck circumference (NC). We studied the relationship between maternal obesity and NC as pregnancy advanced in women attending a standard antenatal clinic. Of the 96 women recruited, 13.5% were obese. The mean NC was 36.8cm (SD 1.9) in the obese women compared with 31.5cm (SD 1.6) in women with a normal BMI (pp<0.001) at 18-22 weeks gestation. In the obese women it increased on average by 1.5cm by 36-40 weeks compared with an increase of 1.6 cm in women with a normal BMI. The antenatal measurement of NC is a simple, inexpensive tool that is potentially useful for screening obese women who may benefit from an antenatal anaesthetic assessment.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Organisation
Keywords: Pregnancy;Obesity;Neck circumference
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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