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Untoward neonatal sequelae deriving from cutting of the umbilical cord before delivery.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11817394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Four cases are reported where, following the delivery of the fetal head, the physician electively cut the nuchal cord of the fetus. The extraction of the body entailed difficulties and the babies suffered irreversible damage in the process. Not unlike 5 previously described similar cases, these incidents came to the attention of the authors in connection with medico-legal reviews. The writers conclude that the practice of severing the umbilical cord prior to the delivery of the body of the fetus, proposed in some textbooks as a routine procedure, is a dangerous technique, which should be avoided. They also point out that the medical literature has not discussed this problem. Reviews of potential malpractice cases frequently provide important research data that cannot be elicited in the course of traditional clinical investigations.
L Iffy; V Varadi; E Papp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and law     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0723-1393     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Law     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-30     Completed Date:  2002-03-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8218185     Medline TA:  Med Law     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  627-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMDMJ, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Injuries / etiology*
Cerebral Palsy / etiology*
Dystocia / therapy*
Extraction, Obstetrical / legislation & jurisprudence*
Infant, Newborn
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
Umbilical Cord / surgery*
United States

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