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Cervical dystocia

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This is abnormal labour as a result of ineffectual cervical dilatation. It is a rare condition. Possible causes include:

  • inadequate uterine activity
  • following surgical procedures e.g. cervical cautery, cone biopsy
  • trauma
  • idiopathic

This condition may difficult to distinguish from failure to dilate due to uterine dysfunction - although uterine dysfunction should respond to oxytocin.

Cervical dystocia is treated by delivery via Caesarian section.

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