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Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Oct;86(4 Pt 1):589-94.

High cervical spinal cord injury in neonates delivered with forceps: report of 15 cases.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of Mannitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To inform obstetricians of a serious complication of forceps rotations of 90 degrees or more--high cervical spinal cord injury in neonates.

METHODS:

We reviewed the obstetric aspects of 15 cases of high cervical spinal cord birth injury diagnosed during 1982-1994 at two tertiary-care children's hospitals in Canada.

RESULTS:

The common feature in all cases was a forceps cephalic delivery, almost always a rotation of 90 degrees or more from the occipitoposterior or occipitotransverse position.

CONCLUSION:

High cervical spinal cord injury in neonates is a rare but specific complication of forceps rotation.

PMID:
7675385
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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