Emergency Symphysiotomy for the Trapped Head in Breech Delivery: Indications, Limitations and Method

Ronald E. Pust, Richard A. Hirschler, Christopher E. Lennox

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Careful case selection can avoid most obstetrical emergencies. However, even with optimum management of breech labour, the fetal head may become trapped. Since doctors in developing nations must be prepared for this dire situation, this article reviews breech case selection and outlines the steps in breech delivery, illustrating symphysiotomy for the entrapped head. The limitations and precautions associated with symphysiotomy are stressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalTropical Doctor
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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