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Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1996 Feb;36(1):9-11.

The effect of intraumbilical oxytocin on the third stage of labour.

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  • 1Dr Zekai Tahir Burak Women's Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.


The umbilical vein administration of oxytocin in saline was compared with umbilical vein saline alone and the traditional management of the third stage of labour. Seventy-two women were randomized to 3 groups. Group 1 received intraumbilical 20 IU of oxytocin diluted to 40 mL with saline. Group 2 received intraumbilical vein 40 mL of saline while subjects in group 3 were managed according to the standard protocol without any intraumbilical injection. No significant differences were found in terms of the length of the third stage, the blood loss in the third stage and postpartum haematocrit differences among the 3 groups. The administration of diluted oxytocin or saline do not seem to have any superiority to the traditional management of the third stage of labour.

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