Midline episiotomy | definition of midline episiotomy by Medical dictionary
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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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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.
raises the risk for postpartum anal incontinence independently of its association with instrument-assisted delivery, high birth weight, and long labor, Boston investigators reported.