Induction of labor in the high-risk pregnancy with pgf

Mary J. O'Sullivan, Martin L. Stone, Camillo L. Gugliucci, Gopi Shah, Marjorie Elaine Stephens

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The induction of labor in the high-risk patient is accompanied by an increased incidence of cesarean section partly due to failed induction. A series of 50 high-risk patients induced with intravenous prostaglandin F(2α) is presented. Forty-five were successfully induced, 35 of whom delivered vaginally. Failed inductions occurred in 5 patients. The overall success rate was 90% and cesarean section rate was 25.5%. There was an increased incidence of late decelerations in the PGF(2α) group as compared to spontaneous and Pitocin-stimulated labors. While the success was high, the use of a drug which itself may cause fetal cardiovascular changes is not desirable, especially in those pregnancies already at risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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