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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2011 Nov;284(5):1053-8. doi: 10.1007/s00404-011-2048-x. Epub 2011 Aug 31.

Risk of uterine rupture in women undergoing trial of labour with a history of both a caesarean section and a vaginal delivery.

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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands. h.delau@gmail.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the risk of uterine rupture for women undergoing trial of labour (TOL) with both a prior caesarean section (CS) and a vaginal delivery.

METHODS:

A systematic literature search was performed using keywords for CS and uterine rupture. The results were critically appraised and the data from relevant and valid articles were extracted. Odds ratios were calculated and a pooled estimate was determined using the Mantel-Haenszel method.

RESULTS:

Five studies were used for final analysis. Three studies showed a significant risk reduction for women with both a previous CS and a prior vaginal delivery (PVD) compared to women with a previous CS only, and two studies showed a trend towards risk reduction. The absolute risk of uterine rupture with a prior vaginal delivery varied from 0.17 to 0.46%. The overall odds ratio for PVD was 0.39 (95% CI 0.29-0.52, P < 0.00001).

CONCLUSION:

Women with a history of both a CS and vaginal delivery are at decreased risk of uterine rupture when undergoing TOL compared with women who have only had a CS.

PMID:
21879334
PMCID:
PMC3190082
DOI:
10.1007/s00404-011-2048-x
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