Induction of labor in prolonged pregnancy with unfavorable cervix: comparison of sequential intracervical Foley catheter-intravaginal misoprostol and intravaginal misoprostol alone.

Summary of "Induction of labor in prolonged pregnancy with unfavorable cervix: comparison of sequential intracervical Foley catheter-intravaginal misoprostol and intravaginal misoprostol alone."

To compare the outcome of induced labor at term using sequential intracervical Foley catheter with intravaginal misoprostol versus intravaginal misoprostol alone.
A prospective matched case control study among parturient with prolonged pregnancy and unfavorable cervix at a tertiary hospital in Nigeria.
The study population was 100 with a mean age of 29.46 ± 3.88 years. Parturient with prior cervical priming using intracervical Foley catheter had significantly lower oxytocin augmentation of uterine contractions in labor (44 vs. 64%, P = 0.045), shorter mean insertion to active phase labor duration (233 ± 98 vs. 354 ± 154 min, P = 0.0001), shorter insertion to delivery interval (514 ± 175 vs. 627 ± 268, P = 0.014), more vaginal delivery <12 h (92.5 vs. 60%, P = 0.001) and less delivery by caesarean section (20 vs. 40%, P = 0.029).
The sequential combination of intracervical Foley catheter and intravaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening and induction of labor appears to be a safe and more effective method compared to intravaginal misoprostol in parturient at term with unfavorable cervices.


Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria,

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Name: Archives of gynecology and obstetrics
ISSN: 1432-0711


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The repetitive uterine contraction during childbirth which is associated with the progressive dilation of the uterine cervix (CERVIX UTERI). Successful labor results in the expulsion of the FETUS and PLACENTA. Obstetric labor can be spontaneous or induced (LABOR, INDUCED).

A change in the CERVIX UTERI with respect to its readiness to relax. The cervix normally becomes softer, more flexible, more distensible, and shorter in the final weeks of PREGNANCY. These cervical changes can also be chemically induced (LABOR, INDUCED).

Pain associated with OBSTETRIC LABOR in CHILDBIRTH. It is caused primarily by UTERINE CONTRACTION as well as pressure on the CERVIX; BLADDER; and the GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT. Labor pain mostly occurs in the ABDOMEN; the GROIN; and the BACK.

Period from the onset of true OBSTETRIC LABOR to the complete dilatation of the CERVIX UTERI.

The period of OBSTETRIC LABOR that is from the complete dilatation of the CERVIX UTERI to the expulsion of the FETUS.

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