Does Epidural Analgesia During Labor Alter Postpartum Maternal IL-6 Serum Levels?
Recent studies suggest that cytokines can participate in the pathophysiology of normal and abnormal pregnancy and parturition. Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an early and integral responder in the cascade of host mediators after injury, exerts multiple biological activities which comprise the induction of fever, the modulation of the synthesis of acute-phase proteins by the liver, activation of B and T lymphocytes, and the stimulation of hemopoietic progenitor and stem cells.
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