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Amniotomy for shortening spontaneous labour.
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PMID:  10796086     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Early amniotomy has been advocated as a component of the active management of labour. Several randomised trials comparing routine amniotomy to an attempt to conserve the membranes have been published. Their limited sample sizes limit their ability to address the effects of amniotomy on indicators of maternal and neonatal morbidity.
OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of amniotomy on the rate of Cesarean delivery and on other indicators of maternal and neonatal morbidity (Apgar less than 7 at 5 minutes, admission to NICU).
SEARCH STRATEGY: The register of clinical trials maintained and updated by the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.
SELECTION CRITERIA: All acceptably controlled trials of amniotomy during first stage of labour were eligible.
DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Data were extracted by two trained reviewers from published reports. Trials were assigned methodological quality scores based on a standardized rating system. Typical odds ratios (ORs) were calculated using Peto's method.
MAIN RESULTS: Amniotomy was associated with a reduction in labour duration of between 60 and 120 minutes. There was a marked trend toward an increase in the risk of Cesarean delivery: OR = 1.26; 95% Confidence Interval (CI)=0.96-1. 66. The likelihood of a 5 minute Apgar score less than 7 was reduced in association with early amniotomy (OR = 0.54; 95% CI = 0.30-0.96). Groups were similar with respect to other indicators of neonatal status (arterial cord pH, NICU admissions). There was a statistically significant association of amniotomy with a decrease in the use of oxytocin: OR = 0.79; 95% CI = 0.67-0.92.
REVIEWER'S CONCLUSIONS: Routine early amniotomy is associated with both benefits and risks. Benefits include a reduction in labour duration and a possible reduction in abnormal 5-minute Apgar scores. The meta-analysis provides no support for the hypothesis that routine early amniotomy reduces the risk of Cesarean delivery. Indeed there is a trend toward an increase in Cesarean section. An association between early amniotomy and Cesarean delivery for fetal distress is noted in one large trial. This suggests that amniotomy should be reserved for women with abnormal labour progress.
W D Fraser; L Turcot; I Krauss; G Brisson-Carrol
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Cochrane database of systematic reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1469-493X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cochrane Database Syst Rev     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-06     Completed Date:  2000-07-06     Revised Date:  2013-06-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909747     Medline TA:  Cochrane Database Syst Rev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  CD000015     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Laval University, CHUQ, St François d'Assise Pavilion, 10, rue de l'Espinay, Québec, Province of Quebec, Canada, G1L 3L5.
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MeSH Terms
Amnion / surgery*
Cesarean Section
Labor, Obstetric*
Obstetric Labor Complications / prevention & control*
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Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(3):CD000015   [PMID:  17636574 ]

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