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Fetal Diagn Ther. 2003 Nov-Dec;18(6):418-21.

Acupuncture conversion of fetal breech presentation.

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Clinical Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Hospital Osijek, Osijek, Croatia. dubravko.habek@bj.hinet.hr

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to assess the value of acupuncture (AP) in the conversion of fetal breech presentation into vertex presentation.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

A randomized prospective controlled clinical study included 67 pregnant women with fetal breech presentation: 34 women with singleton pregnancies treated with manual AP (urinary bladder 67, Zhiyin) and a control group which included 33 women with singleton pregnancies without AP treatment. The AP treatment lasted 30 min a day, and was conducted during and after 34 weeks of pregnancy with simultaneous cardiotocography.

RESULTS:

The success rate of the AP correction of fetal breech presentation is 76.4% (26 women), and spontaneous conversion without AP in vertex presentation is observed in 15 women (45.4%; p<0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

We believe that AP correction of fetal malpresentation is a relatively simple, efficacious and inexpensive method associated with a lower percentage of operatively completed deliveries, which definitely reflects in improved parameters of vital and perinatal statistics.

PMID:
14564112
DOI:
10.1159/000073135
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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