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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Obstetrics and gynecology|
|State||Published - Jan 1978|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology