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Black Women More Likely to Have Labor or Delivery Complications Due to Systemic Inflammation

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Black women are more likely than white women to experience a severe, unexpected complication during labor or delivery, particularly due to systemic inflammation, according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 annual meeting.

Systemic inflammation, i.e., inflammation throughout the body, was one of four categories researchers identified when they looked for patterns in patients who experienced severe maternal morbidity (SMM)—an unexpected outcome of labor and delivery that results in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman's health, including death.

Women can experience multiple complications or events associated with SMM (for example ...