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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Should a preterm breech go for vaginal delivery or caesarean section.

Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, Mumbai, India., India

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H S Warke
Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, Mumbai, India.
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This study correlates the mode of breech delivery to the immediate neonatal outcome in preterm breeches. We had 9816 deliveries in the period between 1st January 1994 to 31st August 1996. The incidence of breech deliveries was 3.95% and the incidence of preterm breech deliveries was 1.9%. Totally 112 (69%) patients delivered vaginally and 50 (31%) underwent caesarean section. Between 30-36.6 weeks gestation the incidence of birth asphyxia was higher in the vaginal group. In this group the take home baby rate after vaginal delivery was 81% as compared to 86% in caesarean group. Head entrapment, cord prolapse, respiratory distress syndrome and intraventricular haemorrhage were the various complications seen with vaginal breech delivery.


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