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Induction of labor.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8172040     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Labor is induced if pregnancy must be completed before the onset of spontaneous labor, usually for reasons of maternal illness, fetal distress or, most commonly, prolonged pregnancy. Although various mechanical methods are available for labor induction, pharmacologic methods are more commonly used. Oxytocin is the standard treatment. Prostaglandin E2 may be useful when the cervix is not favorable for induction. This article reviews both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic methods for labor induction, and offers suggestions for successful induction in various circumstances.
K E Reilly
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1994 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-01     Completed Date:  1994-06-01     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1427-32     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.
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MeSH Terms
Cervix Uteri / physiology
Labor, Induced* / contraindications,  methods,  standards

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