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What is transverse fetal position?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Transverse is that

A transverse fetal position is just that, baby is sideways in the womb.
Sometimes the wall of the uterus has a fibroid or the shape of the chamber is more like a heart than an egg, with a ridged outgrowth that prevents baby from assuming a head or bottom down position. This transverse position will interfere with a normal delivery & generally lead ti a c-section.

In brief: Transverse is that

A transverse fetal position is just that, baby is sideways in the womb.
Sometimes the wall of the uterus has a fibroid or the shape of the chamber is more like a heart than an egg, with a ridged outgrowth that prevents baby from assuming a head or bottom down position. This transverse position will interfere with a normal delivery & generally lead ti a c-section.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Unstable lie.

All fetuses spend time in each possible position in utero: head down (cephalic/vertex), head up (breech) and head sideways (transverse - up or down depending on the spine's location).
Transverse positions are considered unstable lies, in that the fetus tends to vert to either cephalic or breech spontaneously given enough time. If non-cephalic presentations are found in labor they can cause problem.

In brief: Unstable lie.

All fetuses spend time in each possible position in utero: head down (cephalic/vertex), head up (breech) and head sideways (transverse - up or down depending on the spine's location).
Transverse positions are considered unstable lies, in that the fetus tends to vert to either cephalic or breech spontaneously given enough time. If non-cephalic presentations are found in labor they can cause problem.
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