Friday, May 2, 2008

Cesarean Research

Last week I read a recent article connecting cesareans to a risk for strokes.

From the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2008; 198: 391.e1-391.e7 (29 April 2008) via MedWire News Cesarean section (CS) delivery is an independent risk factor for stroke, a study of almost a million births has revealed. The researchers found that women who had cesareans had significantly higher stroke rates at 3 months postpartum, 6 months postpartum, and 12 months postpartum.

"Shiyng-Yu Lin and co-workers suggest CS delivery could alter hemodynamic and coagulation status, thereby predisposing to stroke.

'Based on the results of this study, a reduction in the CS delivery rate should prove to be beneficial for stroke prevention,' they conclude."

This week, another study reported that unexplained stillbirth is not linked to prior cesarean section. Source: BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2008; 115: 726-31
(MedWire Posted: 6 May 2008).

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