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External cephalic version for breech presentation before term.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10796123     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Management of breech presentation is controversial, both in regard to manipulation of the position of the fetus and the method of delivery. External cephalic version may reduce the number of breech presentations and caesarean sections, but there also have been reports of increased perinatal mortality with the procedure.
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to assess the effects of external cephalic version for breech presentation before term on measures of pregnancy outcome.
SEARCH STRATEGY: The Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group trials register and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register were searched. Date of last search: October 1997.
SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised and quasi-randomised trials of external cephalic version before term (37 weeks gestation) compared with a control group in women with breech presentation before term.
DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Eligibility and trial quality were assessed by the reviewer.
MAIN RESULTS: Three studies involving 889 women were included. There was no significant effect of external cephalic version before term on the following: non-cephalic presentation (relative risk 1.02, 95% confidence interval 0.89 to 1.17); caesarean section (relative risk 1.10, 95% confidence interval 0.78 to 1.54); low Apgar scores (relative risk 0.81, 95% confidence interval 0.44 to 1.49); perinatal mortality (relative risk 1.19, 95% confidence interval 0.46 to 3.05).
REVIEWER'S CONCLUSIONS: External cephalic version before term does not appear to improve pregnancy outcomes.
G J Hofmeyr
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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:  CD000084     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Coronation Hospital and University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown 2193, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Breech Presentation*
Version, Fetal*
Update In:
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;(1):CD000084   [PMID:  16437421 ]

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