Fetal head position during the first stage of labor: Comparison between vaginal examination and transabdominal ultrasound

Shetty, Jyothi and Aahir, Vinod and Pandey, Deeksha and Adiga, Prashanth and Kamath, Asha (2014) Fetal head position during the first stage of labor: Comparison between vaginal examination and transabdominal ultrasound. ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2014. pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

Introduction. Recent evidence indicates that clinical examination, for determination of fetal head position, is subjective and inaccurate. Present study was aimed to compare transabdominal ultrasound for fetal head position with vaginal examination during first stage of labor. Material and Methods.This prospective study was performed at a tertiary center during a two-year period. Before or after clinically indicated vaginal examinations, transverse suprapubic transabdominal real-time ultrasound fetal head position assessment was done. Frequencies of various ultrasound depicted fetal head positions were compared with position determined at vaginal examination. Results. In only 31.5% of patients, fetal head position determinations by vaginal examinations were consistent with those obtained by ultrasound. Cohen’s Kappa test of concordance indicated a poor concordance of 0.15. Accuracy of vaginal examination increased to 66% when fetal head position at vaginal examination was recorded correct if reported within +45∘ of the ultrasound assessment. Rate of agreement between the two assessment methods for consultants versus residents was 36% and 26%, respectively (

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2014 04:49
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 04:49
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139784

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