Shoulder Dystocia

  • When shoulder dystocia occurs, the upper fetal shoulder is impacted on the pubic symphysis (more rarely, the lower shoulder on the sacral promontory or non-flexible coccyx), preventing delivery of the baby. This can be a potentially catastrophic event, since the fetal thorax is still within the pelvis and cannot properly expand for breathing.
  • While the rate of shoulder dystocia is higher with gestational diabetic women and macrosomic fetuses (>4500 grams at birth), approximately 80% of shoulder dystocia occurs with average-sized fetuses.
  • If a brachial plexus palsy (brachioplexopathy) occurs, it usually affects the portions of the brachial plexus which control the shoulder and elbow. Spontaneous recovery is the rule rather than the exception.
  • Most fetuses are successfully delivered with a combination of McRobert’s maneuver and suprapubic pressure, with or without episiotomy.

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