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Long-term infant subcutaneous retention of a fragment of fetal scalp electrode following caesarean section.
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PMID:  22689849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The authors present the case of an uncommon yet potentially fatal complication after the use of a scalp electrode for intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring. A 25-year-old nulliparous woman in spontaneous term labour had a fetal scalp electrode applied and subsequently required an emergency cesarean section. After discharge home, the mother noticed a swelling on her baby's head, where the scalp electrode had been attached. Healthcare providers neglected the mother's repeated concerns about the nature of the swelling. Seven months later, a metal spiral was expelled from the baby's head which appeared to be a broken part of the scalp electrode. The remaining metal was removed with no further signs or complications. We are aware of only a few similar cases which have been reported in the published literature.
Britta Frederiksen-Møller; Ronald F Lamont; Jan Stener Jørgensen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-07-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2011     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
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