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It is not uncommon for the foetus to have a transverse lie until about the
32nd week of pregnancy. However if the foetus continues to adopt a transverse
lie after this period then a possible cause should be determined. A transverse
lie may occur in association with the following conditions:
- pelvic tumours such as fibroids, ovarian cysts
- multiple pregnancy
- foetal abnormality
main dangers of a transverse lie is the associations with pre-term rupture of
membranes and cord prolapse.
The persistence of transverse lie in labour
is an indication for caesarian section.
- the causes and
management of an oblique lie are similar to those for a transverse lie
a transverse lie there is an anatomical relationship in which the long axis of
the fetus lies at right angles to the long axis of the mother
- i.e. the
longitudinal axis of the fetus straddles across the horizontal axis of the uterus
- in an oblique lie there is an anatomical relationship in which
the fetal axis crosses the maternal axis at an angle other than a right angle
no fetal presenting part is palpable in the lower pole and the head or the breech
is in an iliac fossa
Last reviewed 01/2018