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Shoulder dystocia--is it predictable?

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  • 1National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


An unmatched comparative study is described to determine if routine clinical indicators are useful predictors for shoulder dystocia. Parity, maternal weight gain during pregnancy, and a history of a previous large baby and increased operative vaginal delivery rate were more often associated with shoulder dystocia. No other significant associations were found. However, shoulder dystocia can not be predicted accurately antepartum using routinely available clinical factors.

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