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Obstructed labour - a preventable entity.
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PMID:  15512504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
We present a clinical study of 204 cases of obstructed labour admitted over a period of 5 years between 1991-92 and 1996-97 in a rural institute in central India. They constituted 1.9% of births. Seventy-one per cent of the cases were from the rural area (similar to the overall patient population in this hospital), 31.4% women were primigravidae. Of the subjects, 64.7% were between 20 and 29 years. Malpresentation was the cause in 53.2%, followed by cephalopelvic disproportion, in 41.1%. Intraoperative incomplete rupture was detected in 5.9% cases. The commonest maternal morbidity was intraoperative extension of uterine incision at the time of caesarean section, mostly lateral (14.0%). Of the women, 12.5% had intrapartum or postpartum sepsis. The perinatal mortality was 160/1000. There was no maternal mortality. Timely diagnosis of malpresentation, pelvic contraction and use of a partogram at all levels could have prevented obstructed labour. In these unfortunate situations, judicious selection of subjects for caesarean section is appropriate, avoiding heroic vaginal procedures even with a dead baby. Infection devitalises tissues and attempts at vaginal delivery may be dangerous.
S Chhabra; D Gandhi; M Jaiswal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-29     Completed Date:  2005-04-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  151-3     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Maharashtra, India.
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