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J Nurse Midwifery. 1996 May-Jun;41(3):259-62.

Examining separated symphysis pubis.

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  • 1George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.


Separated symphysis pubis (SSP) is a rare condition that results in a separation of the symphysis pubis bone in late pregnancy or during delivery and occurs in otherwise healthy pregnancies as a result of hormonal and/or biomechanical factors. Several researchers have examined the issue in the Scandinavian countries, where it appears to be more prevalent possibly due to a genetic link. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to total debilitation. Differential diagnosis includes exclusion of more serious medical conditions. The nurse midwife's role is prompt diagnosis, medical consultation, support, and education.

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