arrested labor


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arrested labor

Etymology: L, ad + restare, to withstand, labor, work
an interruption in the labor process that is associated with uterine contractions.

ar·rest·ed la·bor

(ă-res'tĕd lā'bŏr)
A cessation in the birth process, of varying duration, especially one caused by weakened, diminished, or absent contractions.

arrested labor

Failure of labor to proceed through the normal stages. This may be due to uterine inertia, obstruction of the pelvis, or systemic disease.
See also: labor
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The rate of cesareans performed for arrested labor was 18% in cases with FPO, compared with 16% in controls, also not a significant difference.
Two unnecessary cesarean sections would be performed for every woman spared a long and unproductive labor if maternal age, height, and estimated neonatal birth-weight were used to predict which patients would have an arrested labor.
Dahan and associates found that 181 of 228 in the cohort delivered vaginally, with 47 having cesarean sections for arrested labor.