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Cartoon showing the surgical division of the pubic symphysis cartilage during a symphysiotomy.

  • This historical surgical technique, developed in Europe late in the 18th century, has been used to save the lives of mother and child in obstructed labour.
  • Still used in some countries in remote areas without easy access to medical facilities.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates annual global obstructed labour related maternal mortality at 50,000.
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<pubmed>17388656</pubmed>| PMC1831724 | PLoS Med.


© 2007 Douwe Arie Anne Verkuyl. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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