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J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2010 May;23(5):455-8. doi: 10.1080/14767050903121449.

Acupuncture for breech version: principles, technique, mode of action and utility--a literature review.

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CMCO-SIHCUS, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Schiltigheim, France. nsananes@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Version to correct breech presentation at term remains important, because feet-first vaginal delivery of a baby is associated with a higher risk of fetal morbidity and mortality.

METHOD:

The technique consists of puncture at point B67. This technique is thought to work by increasing the probability of the fetus turning by increasing active fetal movements.

RESULTS:

Five randomised studies evaluating the value of acupuncture in cases of siege presentation indicate that this method tended to be effective. However, no placebo-controlled study has been carried out.

CONCLUSION:

Acupuncture should be attempted in cases of breech presentation.

PMID:
19718585
DOI:
10.1080/14767050903121449
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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