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Symphysiotomy for feto-pelvic disproportion

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 2012
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Symphysiotomy for feto-pelvic disproportion
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 2012
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd005299.pub3
Pubmed ID

G Justus Hofmeyr, P Mike Shweni


Symphysiotomy is an operation in which the fibres of the pubic symphysis are partially divided to allow separation of the joint and thus enlargement of the pelvic dimensions during childbirth. It is performed with local analgesia and does not require an operating theatre nor advanced surgical skills. It may be a lifesaving procedure for the mother or the baby, or both, in several clinical situations. These include: failure to progress in labour when caesarean section is unavailable, unsafe or declined by the mother; and obstructed birth of the aftercoming head of a breech presenting baby. Criticism of the operation because of complications, particularly pelvic instability, and as being a 'second best' option has resulted in its decline or disappearance from use in many countries. Several large observational studies have reported high rates of success, low rates of complications and very low mortality rates.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Ethiopia 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Nigeria 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 182 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 29 16%
Student > Bachelor 28 15%
Student > Master 25 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 10%
Student > Postgraduate 11 6%
Other 32 17%
Unknown 44 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 71 38%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 10%
Social Sciences 15 8%
Psychology 8 4%
Unspecified 6 3%
Other 23 12%
Unknown 46 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 16. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 August 2020.
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