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Mechanical methods of cervical ripening and labor induction.
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PMID:  16885669     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article reviews the safety and efficacy of mechanical agents for cervical ripening. Hygroscopic dilators, balloon catheters, and devices designed for cervical ripening have all been shown to be safe and effective for cervical ripening. Mechanical agents are as efficacious as other agents for cervical ripening. However, there is no method that has been conclusively shown to improve mode of delivery or perinatal outcome. The advantages of preinduction cervical ripening with mechanical devices include low cost, low incidence of systemic side effects, and low risk of uterine hyperstimulation.
Shari Gelber; Anthony Sciscione
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0009-9201     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Obstet Gynecol     Publication Date:  2006 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-03     Completed Date:  2006-10-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0070014     Medline TA:  Clin Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  642-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Drexel University, 245 North 15th Street, MS 495, New College Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / instrumentation
Ambulatory Care
Balloon Dilatation / instrumentation,  methods
Cervical Ripening*
Dilatation / instrumentation,  methods
Labor, Induced / instrumentation*,  methods*
Oxytocics / therapeutic use
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
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