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Semin Perinatol. 2003 Feb;27(1):112-20.

Rotational forceps: should these procedures be abandoned?

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Forceps delivery remains an important part of the obstetric armamentarium. When applied by practitioners skilled in their use, forceps delivery can quickly and safely deliver a fetus at risk. Unfortunately, forceps can also be an instrument of harm for the women or her infant. This is particularly true of rotational forceps. The goal of this monograph is to review in detail the indications, contraindications, technique, as well as risks and complications of forceps delivery, with particular attention to rotational forceps. We conclude by asking the question: Should rotational forceps be abandoned altogether?

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