Chapter 82. Abnormal Labor

  1. John T. Queenan MD Professor Chairman Emeritus2,
  2. John C. Hobbins MD Professor of Obstetrics3 and
  3. Catherine Y. Spong MD Chief4
  1. Alan Peaceman MD

Published Online: 30 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444312904.ch82

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Peaceman, A. (2005) Abnormal Labor, in Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, Fourth Edition (eds J. T. Queenan, J. C. Hobbins and C. Y. Spong), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444312904.ch82

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3257 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  2. 3

    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4200 East 9th Avenue, B-198, Denver, CO 80262, USA

  3. 4

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Bivd, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510, USA

Author Information

  1. Northwestern University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 333 East Superior Street, #410, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 9 SEP 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405125796

Online ISBN: 9781444312904

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Keywords:

  • abnormal labor;
  • abnormal labor/dystocia - delivery by cesarean section for inadequate progress in labor;
  • common cause of dystocia - inefficient uterine action;
  • malposition of cephalic presentation/cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD);
  • increasing risk of dystocia by induction;
  • interventions to stimulate contractions;
  • amniotomy;
  • uterine rupture - rare event in nulliparous labor

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definition

  • Causes of Dystocia

  • Management

  • References