Vaginal misoprostol versus intracervical Foley catheter for
Being one of the most common indications of labor induction, postdate pregnancy can lead to serious maternal and fetal complications. In this study, doctors aimed to compare vaginal misoprostol with intracervical Foley catheter (FC) for cervical ripening in postdate primigravid women.

This randomized clinical trial included 120 primigravid women aged 18–35 years with singleton, postdate pregnancies, and Bishop scores ≤ 4. Participants were randomized into two equal groups. The first group received 25 µg vaginal misoprostol and the second group had an 18 Fr FC inserted into their cervical canal.

Labor induction was performed using oxytocin in both groups if the progression of labor or true contractions did not occur within 6 h of the interventions. In case of nonreassuring fetal heart rate, fetal distress, placental abruption, or prolonged labor, C-section was performed.

- The frequency of normal vaginal delivery, Cesarean section, meconium-stained amniotic fluid, and neonatal intensive care unit admission did not differ significantly between groups.

- Placental abruption and uterine tachysystole occurred more frequently in the misoprostol group.

- A significantly higher number of women in the FC group required oxytocin. Duration of labor was significantly higher in the FC group.

Due to the lower rate of placental abruption and uterine tachysystole observed with FC, it appears to be superior to vaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening in postdate primigravid women; however, its longer labor duration and higher oxytocin requirement should be taken into consideration.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Dr. J●●a L●●●●●a  D●●●●i
Dr. J●●a L●●●●●a D●●●●i Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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Jul 28, 2021Like1