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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Jan;194(1):20-5.

Five years to the term breech trial: the rise and fall of a randomized controlled trial.

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  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wolfson Medical Center, The Helen Schneider Hospital for Women, Holon, Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

On the basis of the end points of neonatal morbidity and death, the authors of the term breech trial concluded unequivocally that cesarean delivery was safer for breech babies.

STUDY DESIGN:

Analysis of the original and new data gives rise to serious concerns as far as study design, methods, and conclusions are concerned. In a substantial number of cases, there was a lack of adherence to the inclusion criteria. There was a large interinstitutional variation of standard of care; inadequate methods of antepartum and intrapartum fetal assessment were used, and a large proportion of women were recruited during active labor. In many instances of planned vaginal delivery, there was no attendance of a clinician with adequate expertise.

RESULTS:

Most cases of neonatal death and morbidity in the term breech trial cannot be attributed to the mode of delivery. Moreover, analysis of outcome after 2 years has shown no difference between vaginal and abdominal deliveries of breech babies.

CONCLUSION:

The original term breech trial recommendations should be withdrawn.

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