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Maternal physiology and pathophysiology 

Maternal physiology and pathophysiology
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Maternal physiology and pathophysiology
Author(s):

Dermot Nicolson

and Rachel Collis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199572144.003.0002
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date: 21 October 2017

• Major physiological changes occur during pregnancy • These changes are brought about by hormonal factors and mechanical factors from the enlarging uterus • An understanding of these physiological changes is vital: they have implications for the safe care of the pregnant patient and conduct of anaesthesia • Knowledge of the physiological changes allows us to anticipate the effect that pregnancy will have on co-morbid medical conditions.

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