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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Serious complication
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby's head delivers but the shoulders are too big to come through.
This results in injury to the chest outlet (fracture of the clavicle), arm (fracture of the humerus) and/or the nerves traveling from the neck to the arm. Some of the nerve injuries are permanent and result in congenital arm paralysis. This dire complication occurs in large babies and/ big mothers.

In brief: Serious complication
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby's head delivers but the shoulders are too big to come through.
This results in injury to the chest outlet (fracture of the clavicle), arm (fracture of the humerus) and/or the nerves traveling from the neck to the arm. Some of the nerve injuries are permanent and result in congenital arm paralysis. This dire complication occurs in large babies and/ big mothers.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: OB difficluty
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby descending into the pelvis "fails" to rotate under the pubic arch of the mother and the clavicle wedges against the pubic bone.
There are OB manuevers to"unstick" the child for vaginal delivery, but the danger is that the fetal head may already be outside the mother and trying to "breathe". Cesarean sections are common.

In brief: OB difficluty
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby descending into the pelvis "fails" to rotate under the pubic arch of the mother and the clavicle wedges against the pubic bone.
There are OB manuevers to"unstick" the child for vaginal delivery, but the danger is that the fetal head may already be outside the mother and trying to "breathe". Cesarean sections are common.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
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