Pre-delivery remifentanil infusion for placenta accreta cesarean delivery under general anesthesia: an observational study

R. Shaylor, Y. Ginosar, A. Avidan, S. Eventov-Friedman, N. Amison, C. F. Weiniger

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Abstract: Objective: General anesthesia may be required for placenta accreta cesarean delivery. Intrauterine fetal anesthetic exposure should be minimized to avoid neonatal respiratory depression; opioids are often delayed until post-delivery. Methods: In this observational study, we compared neonatal outcome using pre-delivery remifentanil versus post-delivery (deferred) opioids for placenta accreta cesarean delivery. Choice of anesthesia was discretionary. The primary outcome was Apgar score at 5 min comparing women who received pre-delivery remifentanil versus deferred opioid administration. We recorded maternal/obstetric characteristics, surgical characteristics, maternal hemodynamic data, neonatal outcomes: Apgar scores, umbilical vein pH and respiratory interventions at birth. Results: Between February 2007 and April 2014 we identified 40 general anesthesia placenta accreta cesarean deliveries. The remifentanil dose rate ranged from 0.06 to 0.46 mcg kg−1min−1. Obstetric and maternal characteristics were similar. Neonatal Apgar, umbilical pH and respiratory intervention outcomes were similar in both groups; Apgar scores median (interquartile range IQR [range]) at 5 min were 9 (8–10) for pre-delivery remifentanil versus 9 (9–10) for deferred opioid administration, p = 0.18. Conclusions: We did not observe a significant effect on neonatal Apgar scores at 1 and 5 min, or respiratory interventions at birth when remifentanil infusion was administered pre-delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2793-2797
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Apgar
  • cesarean delivery
  • placenta accreta
  • remifentanil


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