oa South African Medical Journal - Puerperal sciatic palsy : traumatic neuritis of the puerperium

Volume 26, Issue 18
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



1. Twenty-eight cases of puerperal sciatic palsy are reviewed, collected over a 14-month period in a large nonEuropean hospital. 2. Theories of causation are discussed. 3. In this series some degree of disproportion, prolonged or difficult labour has usually been present. 4. The pelves were of the type descriptionbed by Cole, i.e. flattening of the sacral promontory and shallow sacral alae in the majority of cases where pelvimetry was done. 5. The shape of the pelvis and the degree of pelvic contraction is probably the most important cause of the relatively high incidence of puerperal sciatic palsy in the Bantu.

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