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Acupuncture in the Management of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

Keywords:
NAUSEA, VOMITING, POSTOPERATIVE, PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH, CESAREAN SECTION DELIVERY - Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture, Childbirth, Ondansetron

Reference:
"Effect of acupuncture on nausea and/or vomiting during and after cesarean section in comparison with ondansetron," El-Deeb AM, Ahmady MS, J Anesth, 2011 July 15; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt. E-mail: alaaeldeep9@hotmail.com ).

Summary:
In a study involving 450 pregnant women scheduled for elective cesarean section delivery, treatment with acupuncture (with electrical stimulation on the acupuncture point PC-6, bilaterally) for 30 minutes prior to spinal anesthesia was found to be as effective as treatment with the anti-emetic drug, ondansetron (4 mg), in reducing nausea and vomiting during the operation and 6 hours post-operatively. The authors state, "Electrical acustimulation is comparable to ondansetron in prevention of PONV during and after cesarean delivery under spinal anesthesia and in improving patient satisfaction."
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