midline episiotomy


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midline episiotomy

mid·line epi·si·ot·o·my

(mid'līn ĕ-pēz'ē-ot'ŏ-mē)
Incision of the perineum in the midline during childbirth to ease delivery. Although less painful after delivery than a mediolateral incision, it is associated with a higher risk of injury to the anal sphincter and the rectum.
Synonym(s): median episiotomy.
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Midline episiotomy was a higher risk factor for the tears (14.
Of all the contributors to severe perineal tearing, midline episiotomy was the most significant independent risk factor with an odds ratio (OR) of 6.
Midline episiotomy raises the risk for postpartum anal incontinence independently of its association with instrument-assisted delivery, high birth weight, and long labor, Boston investigators reported.