Anesthetic management of external cephalic version

Laurie A. Chalifoux*, John T. Sullivan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Breech presentation is common at term and its reduction through external cephalic version represents a noninvasive opportunity to avoid cesarean delivery and the associated maternal morbidity. In addition to uterine relaxants, neuraxial anesthesia is associated with increased success of version procedures when surgical anesthetic dosing is used. The intervention is likely cost effective given the effect size and the avoided high costs of cesarean delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-412
Number of pages14
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Breech presentation
  • Cesarean delivery
  • External cephalic version
  • Neuraxial anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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