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Lippincott buy tizanidine 2mg without a prescription muscle relaxant dogs, Williams and Wilkins effective 2mg tizanidine muscle relaxant liver disease, Philadelphia Fitzcharles M-A generic 2mg tizanidine mastercard spasms in 8 month old, Almahrezi A, Shir Y 2006 New insights into pain mechanisms. Practical advice on pain Jung C-G 1973 Synchronicity: an acausal connecting management – pain: understanding the challenges for principle. Arthritis & Rheumatism Research Kirchfeld F, Boyle W 1994 The nature doctors: pioneers News Alerts. Kosel, Kempten, Hyperventilation, central autonomic control, and Bavaria colonic tone in humans. Respiratory Care 46(4):384–391 the 1891 edition) Fried R 1987 Hyperventilation syndrome. Kosel, Kempten, Bavaria Hopkins University Press, Baltimore Kutts-Cheraux A (ed) 1953 Naturae medicina and Fukuda T 1984 Statokinetic reflexes in equilibrium and naturopathic dispensatory. 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He languages, including English, his choice of the word noted to Rosch that 24 centuries previously Hippocrates ‘stress’ to describe the non-specific response syndrome had written that disease was not only pathos (suffering), he discovered was probably an error of judgment. He but also ponos (toil), as the body fought to restore had used the word ‘stress’ in his initial letter to the normalcy. Editor of Nature in 1936, who suggested that it be Ultimately, because many people viewed stress as an deleted since this word implied nervous strain, unpleasant threat, Selye created a new word, ‘stressor’, recommending that he use the term ‘alarm reaction’ in order to distinguish between stimulus and response. Even Selye had difficulties when he tried to extrapolate Selye was unaware that the word ‘stress’ had been his laboratory research to humans. 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The presence of lymphocytes and macrophages purchase tizanidine 2mg spasms rectum, appear to direct of mucus is associated with hyperplasia and meta- the movement of cells to the site of airway inflam- plasia of goblet cells; it may cause lung hyperinfla- mation order tizanidine 2mg with visa spasms jaw muscles. The intense mucosal thickening in asthma Mast cells generic tizanidine 2mg otc muscle relaxant 5mg, usually as a result of IgE-mediated contributes to the airway wall thickness and, there- stimulation, also release preformed mediators, fore, airway wall narrowing. The smooth Neurogenic Influences: There is growing evi- muscle of asthmatic patients does not behave dence that the neural control of the airways is abnormally after isolation; there is no correlation abnormal in patients with asthma and that neuro- between airway hyperresponsiveness in vivo and genic mechanisms may augment or modulate the increased airway muscle sensitivity measures in inflammatory response. New evidence suggests that the smooth- system regulates many aspects of airway function, muscle cell may secrete cytokines and chemokines such as airway tone, airway secretions, blood flow, and express cellular adhesion molecules. A primary defect in autonomic thought of only as a passive effector cell of asthma, control, the -adrenergic receptor theory, has been responsible for bronchomotor tone, may also con- postulated for asthma. This immu- that autonomic dysfunction is a secondary defect nomodulatory function of the smooth muscle is caused by inflammation or by the effects of treat- similar to that found in epithelial cells. For instance, inflammatory mediators can evidence that smooth-muscle cells in the airways modulate the release of neurotransmitters from are capable of producing growth factors that can airway nerves such as irritant receptors and C-fiber themselves promote proliferation in an autocrine endings. There is a microvascular become exposed, causing a release of potent neu- component to airway remodeling in asthma, with ropeptides such as substance P, neurokinin A, and evidence of angiogenesis in biopsy material and calcitonin gene-related protein. The structural changes that occur in the air- This neurogenic inflammation of the airways, ways of asthmatic patients are likely to be detri- triggered by sensitized sensory nerve endings, has mental and contribute to fixed airway narrowing. It is not clear whether Acute bronchoconstriction bronchial hyperreactivity is acquired or is present Mucus plugging of airways at birth and genetically determined to appear with Bronchial wall edema the appropriate stimulus. Uncoupling of elastic recoil forces These events include viral respiratory infections, an IgE-mediated allergic reaction, and the inhalation of noxious agents such as ozone or sulfur dioxide. Studies in which the authors used a rowing, is the same for these provocative agents, wedged bronchoscope technique have shown that the mechanisms that cause the airways to constrict peripheral resistance can be 10-fold greater than vary. In many asthmatic or hypoosmolar solutions act indirectly by releas- patients, particularly children and younger adults ing pharmacologically active substances from with milder disease, airflow obstruction is com- mediator-secreting cells such as mast cells. In most elderly asthmatic dioxide and bradykinin act by directly stimulating patients and those of any age group with more airway sensory nerve endings. Atopy may be defined as the largely genetic Airway Obstruction: Airway obstruction is susceptibility for developing IgE directed to epit- another cardinal feature of asthma. The causes opes expressed on common environmental aller- of airflow limitation in patients with asthma are gens such as dust mites, animal proteins, pollens, listed in Table 1. This results in an airways (eg, nose and sinuses) and lower airways increase in lung elastic recoil forces, which act on are both important in the pathogenesis of asthma. This The term extrinsic asthma has been used to describe occurs because of the interdependence of lung asthma that is triggered by exposure to inhaled volume and airway caliber because parenchymal aeroallergens. Cellular responses may occur with attachments cause greater tethering of the airways the first exposure to a specific antigen in such at greater lung volumes. As the antigen penetrates shown to be a predictor of skin test sensitivity and beneath the mucosa, it is likely exposed to granu- asthma at age 6 years. The prevalence of atopy locytes and tissue macrophages and eventually increases throughout childhood and adolescence enters the lymphatic system after enzymatic and peaks in the second decade of life. IgE infiltrates the airways and becomes fixed atopic asthmatic patients and have a later onset of to mast cells, basophils, and dendritic cells through asthma. This step sets intrinsic asthma have been compared with a group the stage for the acute allergic response with the of patients with extrinsic asthma with a compa- inhalation of more antigens. This may be in Genes determining the specificity of the immune large part caused by the marked heterogeneity of response also may be important to the pathogen- the asthma phenotype. Genes located on the human leuko- contributing factors such as atopy, viruses, aspirin cyte antigen complex may govern the response to sensitivity, exercise, and occupational exposure aeroallergens in some individuals. It should be noted that Population studies that have conducted despite many encouraging reports, most studies genome-wide screens have contributed to our on the genetics of asthma that show an association understanding of the inheritance of asthma. These genome screens also have found numerous loci that contain Childhood asthma is more prevalent in boys, potential candidate genes that can regulate the but this prevalence is reversed in puberty and immune response of asthma. Black race/ethnicity glucocorticoid receptor function, and the inflam- is associated with a greater risk of asthma death, matory mediator response have been found. The greater incidence of asthma that has been tibility, responses to environmental stimuli, and observed with urbanization suggests that environ- responses to treatment. In fact, subjects of different races the -receptor gene, variants of the gene were acquire the risk of the population to which they evaluated to see whether they could be responsible move. One mutation (the substitution of glycine for arginine at position 16) Environmental Factors was associated with more severe asthma and espe- cially with more severe nocturnal symptoms. Studies by researchers in China have shown relation between allergen exposure and the preva- that the increased risk for the development of lence of asthma and the improvement of asthma asthma in homozygotes for this allele is profoundly when allergen exposure ceases. House dust is 86 Asthma (Braman) composed of several organic and inorganic com- of asthma and can be found by the use of poly- pounds, including insects and insect feces, mold merase chain reaction techniques to be present in spores, mammalian dander, pollen grains, fibers, bronchial biopsy specimens obtained from patients mites, and mite feces. In one prospective study, M pneumoniae or C pneumoniae was found in the air- Both outdoor and indoor pollutants contribute ways of 60% of a group of stable patients with to worsening asthma symptoms by triggering chronic asthma. Indoor pollutants include cooking Nasal and sinus diseases are common comor- and heating fuel exhausts as well as insulating bidities in patients with asthma. Health-care professionals also have increased that the eosinophilic and lymphocytic inflamma- odds of asthma developing when exposed to aero- tion in the upper and lower airways are the same, solized irritants, cleaning solutions, nebulized and also that the severity of both diseases occurs medications, and powdered latex gloves. There are strong data to suggest that some of the atypical Other Factors bacteria, such as Chlamydia pneumoniae and Myco- plasma pneumoniae, also may be involved. For instance, infants of allergic parents correlates with the onset being underweight and being overweight are both of asthma in later childhood, and the number of associated with an increased risk of the develop- positive skin test results shows a correlation with ment of asthma. One alternative theory is that there is one adulthood, suggesting that environmental factors common mechanism involved in the development may have a lifelong protective effect against the of both IgE-mediated hypersensitivity and bron- development of allergy. This would suggest that there biomass fuels such as wood, charcoal, and animal is not a causal relation between atopy and asthma wastes to gas and electricity. The use of modern and would explain why certain patients (intrinsic fuels has been associated with an increased rate of asthmatic patients) have no allergic basis for their allergic sensitization and symptoms. Statistics show that this is true in only home or to children at day-care centers protects 30 to 50% of children with asthma and is more against the development of asthma. This In adulthood, there is a steady incidence of rate decreases to approximately 5 to 6% in adoles- new-onset asthma through patients of all ages, even cence and early adulthood, when remission rates in elderly patients. This pattern may gradually or abruptly develop The relationship of atopy and asthma has been into persistent wheezing and often severe, poorly carefully studied. At other times, asthma devel- ence of bronchial hyperreactivity correlates with ops explosively, with no previous respiratory the presence and number of positive immediate symptoms, immediately after the onset of a typical hypersensitivity skin test results to inhalant aller- viral respiratory infection. The presence of positive skin test results in asthmatic patient populations have shown that 88 Asthma (Braman) although remission from asthma is common in the in the younger atopic population.

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Mueller1 2mg tizanidine with amex spasms hand,2 their body due to brain lack of oxygen and consequently brain cells 1Schoen Klinik Bad Aibling cheap 2mg tizanidine otc muscle relaxant toxicity, Motor Research best tizanidine 2 mg muscle relaxant pinched nerve, Bad Aibling, Ger- begin to die. Loss body balance is one of the most problems occur many, 2Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, German Center to the patient because the level of anxiety is too high. Material and Methods: This device is having a fexible pad shaped to conform under beneath an insole for three critical Introduction/Background: Pusher behavior is a severe disorder of locations to ensure the good body posture. It hampers the rehabilitation process and Bluetooth communication was used to transferring signals obtains prolongs hospitalization. The sensors were attached under the ate effect of a single-session robot-assisted gait therapy on pusher shoe insole to get the reaction force of body or weight distribution. The aim of this randomized controlled Inserting force sensors in the insole provide specifc information study was to determine the effectiveness of repeated robot-assisted and therefore the point of the sensor placement result in obtaining gait training on pusher behavior compared to conventional physi- the critical part under the insole. The analog inputs were trans- ponent) were randomly allocated to either the intervention group mitted via bluetooth data transmission that gains the force data in (robot-assisted gait training with the Lokomat) or the control group real time on smartphone. During the two-week intervention play all the data obtained from the experiment conducted. Results: period patients received fve times per week the corresponding The reliability of this device is well performing when compared to therapy. Before, after and at a follow-up two weeks after the in- the commercial force plate. Re- to inform the attending doctor, and to monitor the patient’s adher- sults: During the study, both groups signifcantly improved pusher ence to the amount of weight applied to the lower extremity. Paired comparisons revealed a signifcant larger decrease of pusher J Rehabil Med Suppl 55 Poster Abstracts 265 behavior in the intervention group than in the control group from tients (age 56. At the end of with pseudoelastic elements to be worn at least 6 hours a day for the intervention period, 6/14 patients of the intervention group and a month. The orthosis was equipped with an electro-goniometer 1/14 patient of the control group improved in a way that they were (elbow joint axis) and a tri-axial accelerometer (lateral upper arm). At the end of the study Measurements were conducted at the beginning (T0) and at the 9/14 patients of the intervention group and 5/14 patients of the con- end of the study (T1) during three standardised tasks: Reaching trol group were no more diagnosed with pusher behavior. Results: The recordings indicate the evolution of body position during locomotion might recalibrate the disturbed in- elbow fexion-extension angle during the execution of the motor ner reference of verticality in patients with pusher behavior. Timecourses were segmented to the level of movement repetitions and sub-movement phases. Conclusion: This preliminary study shows Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Rehabilitation Centre, Singapore, Singa- that adding wearable sensors to a dynamic orthosis has a potential pore for connecting therapy monitoring to treatment. Results: Altogeth- sity, Department of Rehabilitation, Toyoake, Japan, 5Fujita Health er, 36 patients were enrolled in the programme. Data from 27/36 University Nanakuri Sanatorium, Department of Rehabilitation, who completed the program were included for analysis. There were no adverse robotic device, low-foor treadmill, monitor for patients, naviga- events. It is thought that patient can walk without impairments after stroke with short-term sustainable gains. Discon- feeling negative effect of affected leg if we can get appropriate set- tinuation reasons in 25% of subjects were related to social reasons. However, it has not been demonstrated that gait pattern really change in a positive way. We conducted gait analysis for 3 consecutive and Interphases, Lecco, Italy, 2Politecnico di Milano, Electronics- level of swing assist. These Information and Bioengineering, Milano, Italy studies were approved by the Institutional Review Board and writ- ten informed consents were obtained from all patients. Results: Introduction/Background: This study presents the application of a With the elevation of stance assist, knee buckling and pseudoelastic orthosis for upper-limb repositioning in hemiplegic snapping reduced, but medial whip became larger. The focus of the present contribution is on the possibil- the elevation of swing assist, step length of affected leg became ity to evaluate the dynamic interaction between the patient and the larger, medial whip became smaller, but retropulsion of the hip be- orthotic device during set motor tasks by means of sensors mounted came larger. Pak2 ing, healthy persons marked an average success rate of 56±4%, and 1Korea National Rehabilitation Center, Department of Physical stroke patients demonstrated a success rate of 79±21%. The pur- pose of this study was to investigate wheelchair users’ usability and satisfaction with electric wheelchair. Results: Wheelchair users’ average age a circle is one of the tasks that are used in the robotic therapy of the was 53. Detailed analysis of the drawn subjects can with average use time of electric wheelchair 82. Conclusion: In the present study, the electric wheelchair users were For each assessment, the patient sat comfortably at a desk with his somewhat satisfed with their wheelchairs in terms of usability. A However, they wanted to have more of such services as mainte- circle with the diameter of 16 centimeters was displayed to the pa- nance, repair and follow-up. Starting at 9 or 3 o’clock position, the patient was instructed tained from the usability evaluation and satisfaction survey should to move the target on the screen along the circle circumferentially be met in providing. There was no assistance from the arm robot while the patients carried out the tasks. Each of the 5 914 times repeated tasks was divided into 10 degrees portions or arcs. However, Introduction/Background: An electric wheelchair must meet not training of proximal muscles is also important to achieve practical only its users’ needs but also their caretakers’. Physiologically, proximal muscles this study was to investigate caretakers’ demands and requests in are known to be bilaterally innervated. Material and Methods: Fifty J Rehabil Med Suppl 55 Poster Abstracts 267 caretakers’ demands and requests were obtained by questionnaires Toe-Up! The 5-point Likert scale was used for each question (5-very dis- 918 satisfed, 4-somewhat dissatisfed, 3-neither satisfed nor dissatis- fed, 2-somewhat satisfed, 1-very satisfed). In usability satisfac- Seoul, Republic of Korea tion, mean satisfaction scores of the items ranged from 2. Upper extremity study, the caretakers of electric wheelchair users requested an elec- movements require more cognitive demands and is closely related tric wheelchair to be easier for transfer, not too big and heavy. They to activities of daily living, thus investigations about the dual-task also wanted electric wheelchairs made easier for operation, having performance of upper extremity would be meaningful. We aimed to reduced battery charging time, and more convenient for cleaning explore the motor performance according to cognitive tasks during and carrying. Such issues and several others related to usability of robotic rehabilitation in patients with stroke with longitudinal as- electric wheelchair need to be further identifed which will be very sessments.

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In the atic that ultrasonic fndings of an empty uterus in ectopic pregnancy western world cheap 2 mg tizanidine with amex muscle relaxant jaw pain, this is increasingly becoming a woman with a positive pregnancy test and clini- cal signs that might even remotely indicate ectopic pregnancy buy 2 mg tizanidine amex zerodol muscle relaxant, receive follow-up by care-givers with suf- Table 5 Protocol for management of ‘pregnancy of unknown location’ as defned by the absence of an fcient understanding of the potential gravity of the intrauterine or extrauterine pregnancy on transvaginal ultrasound examination situation to all concerned best tizanidine 2mg muscle relaxant tincture. Sur- Medical management of ectopic pregnancy gery involves laparoscopy or laparotomy (if comprises a single dose methotrexate injec- hemodynamically unstable) to perform either tion (systemic or local) at a dose of 50mg/m2. A meta-analysis of four cohort A small group of these women (14%) may studies63 suggested that there might be a require more than one dose of methotrexate, higher subsequent intrauterine pregnancy rate while around 10% will fail treatment, need- 56 associated with salpingotomy (Table 6), but ing subsequent surgical intervention. After Figure 6 Laparoscopic salpingotomy ((a) before and (b) after) additional morbidity associated with salpin- methotrexate therapy, 62–70% of women have gotomy (small risk of tubal bleeding in the ini- a subsequent intrauterine pregnancy and 8% tial postoperative period), the potential need Table 6 Intrauterine pregnancy rates following surgical treatment of tubal ectopic pregnancy63 have recurrent ectopic pregnancy62. These val- for further monitoring, and any treatment for ues are almost identical to those obtained for Salpingectomy (%) Salpingotomy (%) persistent trophoblast (10%) as well as a risk expectant management. Pro- should be adopted as the frst line treatment contralateral tubal disease, whilst the evidence (77% versus 66%) and a lower rate of recur- phylactic salpingectomy after salpingotomy option. The management conception unit may be considered in women of non-tubal ectopic pregnancies is outside the with a history of recurrent ectopic pregnancies scope of this chapter. Finally, all non-sensitized women who are a b Screening for evidence of tubal patency may rhesus negative with a confrmed or sus- be performed either radiologically or at lapa- pected ectopic pregnancy should receive anti- Figure 5 Laparoscopic salpingectomy ((a) before and (b) after) roscopy. Abnormal bacterial col- or are concerned owing to the presence of risk referred to early pregnancy assessment unit: 1997;5:10–7 onisation of the genital tract and subsequent factors may be aided further by the assistance care and cost effectiveness. Impact of endometriosis, a disease that predisposes to for pelvic infection, endometriosis or ectopic services better sexual health – The national strategy on perinatal complications and infants. Tears involving the anal This chapter describes the salient points sphincter, however, can have long-term impact that should be covered at the preconceptional on a woman’s quality of life. Bugg and looking for scarring, residual granulation tis- smooth smooth refexes muscle muscle colleagues6 distributed questionnaires on uri- sue and tenderness. At this point, specialist Rectum nary and anal incontinence to 275 primiparous investigations organized to assess anal func- • Rectal sensory function women 10 months after delivery. Interior anal toms of fecal incontinence, the authors noted The apparatus consists of four components: sphincter that only a small proportion had raised the • An intraluminar pressure-sensing catheter External issue with their doctor or midwife. Injury to the pudendal nerve (which is associated with passive anal incontinence, sage of fatus and/or feces) predominates in • Are you able to control your stool? The effect of this type of insult is Having said this, two potentially confound- pareunia and sexual dysfunction also may be also thought to be cumulative and worsens ing factors operate in manometry: frst, large present and play important roles in the wom- • Do you lose fatus when you do not mean with subsequent pregnancies. The following tests help to assess the struc- The rectoanal contractile refex (which are important and are most easily obtained by perusing the patient’s prior delivery related • Do you feel stool coming and you are ture and the physiological function of the anal can be assessed by manometry) is recruited notes. A recent meta-analysis of tears dem- tears at 24–72 hours postpartum using this – a subcutaneous part, which starts onstrated on ultrasound following 717 vaginal modality. They found that the internal sphinc- quantifed by using balloon distension, and at the termination of the internal deliveries showed that the incidence of obstet- the patient may be categorized into the rectal ter was visualized in 100% of patients, while sphincter ric anal sphincter tears was as high as 26. Injury of the external sphincter leads to sional ultrasound allows the digital storage of sensitivity may experience passive (overfow) plete ring around the anal canal formation of avascular scar tissue of uniform volume, employing this method shortens the incontinence, while hypersensitivity may pres- – a deep part. Patients with colleagues12 compared anal endosonogra- had conventional vaginal examination and a Prior to the advent of endoanal ultrasound, fecal incontinence are able to retain as little as phy fndings in nulliparous and age matched study group which was assigned to additional pudendal nerve electrophysiological studies 500ml of saline compared to a normal subject multiparous patients, demonstrating thin- postpartum endoanal ultrasonography. The majority of data come from from small randomized controlled trials, and Asymptomatic Minor symptoms ultrasound studies on nulliparous women and the results larger studies are needed before drawing any should be extrapolated with caution to women conclusions and altering clinical practice. They hypothesized that waiting Cesarean section perineal tears in the study compared to the at least 2 hours before actively pushing would control group, especially in the over 30 years reduce the risk of diffcult operative delivery, of age cohort. Similar results were noted by as measured by cesarean section and midpelvic Figure 4 Flow diagram for the management of obstetric anal sphincter injury in subsequent pregnancies Labrecque and colleagues18 (who reported or low pelvic instrumental delivery rates. Among parous women, this in an attempt to prevent any further com- was similar in women with spontaneous vagi- perineal trauma requiring suturing would Use of episiotomy promise to the sphincter function. Fecally incontinent women who wish to postnatally and found that reported symptoms consider vaginal delivery can have the second- of anal incontinence were similar between the Birthing position otomy caused more posterior perineal trauma ary repair delayed until they have completed two groups (5% vs 8%, p >0. Four women of the origi- who suffered a third or fourth degree tear were second degree lacerations at the time of second was probably attributable to the type of episi- nal 56 had persistent symptoms of anal incon- recruited and followed with anal manometry delivery was 51. In addition, third and fourth injuries in 4015 primiparous deliveries; in ing of their symptoms after the second vaginal were asked to complete a questionnaire per- these women, the recurrence rate of severe birth. Perineal body ing and appears related to the type of episiot- their frst pregnancy and 6–12 weeks postna- thickness was similar irrespective of the degree omy practised in the delivery centers. Br J Surg term anorectal function and quality of life in of women remain fully continent of feces and 1998;105:1262–72 2003;90:1333–7 three groups of women: group 1 consisted of fatus after primary repair and 49% after sec- 2. Management of third and fourth degree peri- next delivered patient with an uncomplicated skill and care, and the consensus statement Obstet Gynecol 2005;106:6–13 neal tears following vaginal delivery. Randomised controlled trial of conserva- Gynecol 2007;29:195–204 and sphincter defects were more persistent in tial litigation become important issues in tive management of postnatal urinary and 16. Prevent- a third of women having their frst vaginal measurements and ultrasound imaging should Obstet Gynecol 1998;92:496–500 ing perineal trauma during childbirth: a sys- delivery may sustain occult sphincter injury39, be counseled that they have a 95% chance of tematic review. Perineal and Anal Sphincter Trauma: Diagno- pushing for nulliparous women in the second recommended that any woman having had an women are carefully examined by digital rectal sis and Clinical Management. London: Springer, stage of labor with continuous epidural anal- instrumental delivery or sustaining a perineal tear examination following subsequent delivery 2006:123 gesia. Tocophobia is an intense anxi- or friends and the support of those caring for ety or fear of pregnancy and childbirth, with them, for others the fear and anxiety remain some women avoiding pregnancy and child- intense and can best be described as ‘a morbid birth altogether3. Under these a flm depicting childbirth early in life with no the woman’s self assessment of how she has what appears to be constant is that intense circumstances, a ‘birth refection’ experience support or explanation. This 11 antenatal period has been associated with an desiring a cesarean section , whereas British pened, why intervention was necessary and may result in a decision to terminate the preg- increased risk of postnatal depression; bond- obstetricians note that their patients are more the implications for future births. By allowing nancy3 or to seek an elective cesarean section ing and attachment towards the baby can also likely to ask for a cesarean section on ‘mater- women the opportunity to go through their as their only alternative2. In one Scandina- continues amongst the obstetric community ary tocophobia) can be identifed and, where Secondary tocophobia regarding the woman’s right to choose how vian study, anxiety and fear were associated necessary, offered support. For some, this may be the frst time childbirth only increases to a phobic level after tify women with intense fear related to child- Primigravidas and multigravidas display simi- they are able to verbalize the trauma they felt they have become pregnant. In Sweden, nearly all obstetric depart- lar symptoms, their fear being so intense that and express their views about future child- people with different phobias who may be able ments have specialized teams to deal with it forces them to request a cesarean section, birth. Others are able to say that although they to have some control over their situation by patients exhibiting intense anxiety; these as labor and vaginal birth are too diffcult to means of avoidance, the pregnant woman can- teams include experienced midwives, obste- wanted more children, they felt their previous contemplate3. She is caught in a tricians, psychologists, social workers and experience and the fear surrounding it pre- cal symptoms may also be present in the form situation for 9 months until she is forced to occasionally a psychiatrist11. In allowing wom- of sleeplessness, crying episodes, restlessness approach the unknown, uncontrollable and efforts underscores the fnding of Saisto et al.