Opioids in labour ‘bump up risk of Ogilvie’s syndrome’

An Australian single-centre study teases out key risk factors for the rare complication

Women who receive opioids during labour have a fivefold increased risk of being diagnosed with acute colonic pseudo-obstruction following caesarean section, new research shows.

Melbourne surgeons say risk of the rare complication, also known as Ogilvie’s syndrome, is also greater with increased blood loss.