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Obstet Gynecol. 1986 Dec;68(6):770-2.

False labor.


The nature of false labor and its influence on the subsequent course of true labor was examined by a retrospective case-controlled matched study of 83 patients admitted in false labor. Patients with a history of false labor had a significantly greater incidence of dysfunctional labor when true labor did commence. The frequency of cesarean section was also higher, though not statistically significantly so. The dilatation of the cervix and the station of the presenting part at admission were both significantly different in patients with false labor from those in true labor; however, the overlap of these two groups makes this of limited clinical use. Time of day and day of the week did not correlate with the likelihood of being admitted in false labor.

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