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Minerva Ginecologica 2018 February;70(1):35-43

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4784.17.04091-6

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Time remaining in labor and probability of vaginal delivery as a function of the angle of progression in a low risk population with a normal first stage of labor. In-house observational study and comparison with the data in the literature

Bianca MASTURZO 1, Annalisa PIAZZESE 1, Sara PARACCHINI 1, Maria S. QUEZADA 2, Tullia TODROS 1, Antonio FARINA 3

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy; 2 Unit of Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Universitario “12 de Octubre”, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; 3 Division of Prenatal Medicine, Department of Medicine and Surgery (DIMEC), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


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BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate whether the angle of progression (AoP), as measured by transperineal ultrasound, was predictive of both the time remaining in labor and vaginal delivery.
METHODS: This was a prospective observational cohort study involving 270 low-risk women with singleton pregnancies at term. The AoP, measured at the end of the first stage of labor, was used as a predictive variable of time remaining in labor and mode of delivery. The Kaplan Meier and Cox algorithms were used to evaluate the time elapsed between AoP measurement and delivery as a function of AoP. Instead, logistic regression was used to calculate the adjusted probability of vaginal delivery as a function of AoP.
RESULTS: Of the 270 women enrolled, 15 (5.6%) delivered by cesarean section and 33 (12.1%) by vacuum or forceps. The AoP, stratified by quartiles, was a significant predictor of the time remaining in labor, even after adjustment for possible confounders (Body Mass Index [BMI], oxytocin administration and parity). The mean±SD second stage of labor length for each AoP quartile was 134±25, 126±18, 96±33 and 58±23 minutes (P value<0.001, ANOVA). The mean±SD probability of a vaginal delivery expressed as a function of the AoP quartile (adjusted for BMI) was 51.5±0.16%, 81.5±0.10%, 97.0±0.16% and 99.3±0.004% at the AoP of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quartiles, respectively, (P value<0.001 ANOVA).
CONCLUSIONS: The AoP was directly associated with the time remaining in labor and was predictive of a successful vaginal delivery; however, the impact on clinical practice seems low.


KEY WORDS: Labor obstetric - Kaplan-Meier estimate - Delivery, obstetric

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Issue published online: January 4, 2018
Article first published online: June 7, 2017
Manuscript accepted: May 24, 2017
Manuscript received: May 17, 2017

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Masturzo B, Piazzese A, Paracchini S, Quezada MS, Todros T, Farina A. Time remaining in labor and probability of vaginal delivery as a function of the angle of progression in a low risk population with a normal first stage of labor. In-house observational study and comparison with the data in the literature. Minerva Ginecol 2018;70:35-43. DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4784.17.04091-6

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antonio.farina@unibo.it