Catastrophic shoulder dystocia and emergency symphysiotomy

T. M. Goodwin, Erika Banks, L. K. Millar, J. P. Phelan

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Abstract

We present three cases of shoulder dystocia unrelieved by standard maneuvers, including cephalic replacement. Symphysiotomy was performed in an effort to preserve fetal life. All three infants sustained severe neurologic injury and later died. Maternal morbidity including urinary incontinence was significant but responded to treatment. Symphysiotomy may be the only me[nod of relieving some cases of shoulder dystocia, but its role remains unclear because of operator inexperience and maternal morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-464
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume177
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Symphysiotomy
Dystocia
Emergencies
Mothers
Morbidity
Nervous System Trauma
Urinary Incontinence
Head
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Fetal macrosomia
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Symphysiotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Catastrophic shoulder dystocia and emergency symphysiotomy. / Goodwin, T. M.; Banks, Erika; Millar, L. K.; Phelan, J. P.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 177, No. 2, 1997, p. 463-464.

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Goodwin, T. M. ; Banks, Erika ; Millar, L. K. ; Phelan, J. P. / Catastrophic shoulder dystocia and emergency symphysiotomy. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1997 ; Vol. 177, No. 2. pp. 463-464.
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