alexa Association between Shoulder Dystocia Maneuvers and Cervical Laceration Requiring Repair
ISSN: 2161-0932

Gynecology & Obstetrics
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Research Article

Association between Shoulder Dystocia Maneuvers and Cervical Laceration Requiring Repair

Reinou S Groen*, Stephanie McKenney, Irina Burd, Janyne E Althaus and Cynthia H Argani

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Reinou S Groen
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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Received date: January 05, 2016 Accepted date: March 03, 2016 Published date: March 09, 2016

Citation: Groen RS, McKenney S, Burd I, Althaus JE, Argani CH (2016) Association between Shoulder Dystocia Maneuvers and Cervical Laceration Requiring Repair. Gynecol Obstet (Sunnyvale) 6:364. doi:10.4172/2161-0932.1000364

Copyright: © 2016 Groen RS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: To determine if there is an association between shoulder dystocia maneuvers (SDM) and cervical laceration requiring repair (CLRR).

Study design: Retrospective cohort study in a single university-affiliated community hospital for term singleton vertex vaginal deliveries from 7/1/05-7/24/13. Data were analyzed by two-tailed exact mid-p test and risk ratio.

Results: A total of 391 from 7,153 (5.5%) term singleton vertex vaginal deliveries required SDM. A total of 27 (0.38%) cervical lacerations were identified, 22 (81%) of which were repaired. Four of 391 patients (1.0%) with SDM had CLRR compared to 18 of 6,757 patients (0.3%) without SDM (p=0.035). The RR for CLRR with SDM was 3.84 (95% CI:1.3-11.5). There was no statistical difference (p=0.36) in delivery of the posterior arm with the incidence of cervical laceration requiring repair.

Conclusion: SDM were significantly associated with CLRR. Cervical laceration may be an infrequent, but unavoidable consequence of SDM; however, this association may also reflect common risk factors between shoulder dystocia and cervical laceration.


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