Hip Dislocation and Dystocia in Early Medieval Times: Possible Evidence of Labor Maneuver

Assumpció Malgosa, Susana Carrascal, Giampaolo Piga, Albert Isidro

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Abstract

© 2016 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. BACKGROUND: In ancient times, maternal mortality would occur frequently, particularly during labor. Evidence of dystocia resulting in the death of a pregnant woman is very infrequent in paleopathologic literature, with only a few cases being demonstrated. CASE: In the early medieval site of Casserres, the skeleton of a young woman with a fetus in the pelvic region was found. Some abnormal findings of the maternal skeleton were evaluated, including a sacral anomaly, femoral head wound, the rare position of the lower left limb with the femoral head dislodged anteriorly and cephalad from the socket, and a fibular fracture. CONCLUSION: Examining the anomalies all together, a case of anterior hip dislocation related to a McRoberts-like maneuver performed during labor is a plausible explanation of the findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1387
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume128
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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