The effects of 8 different methods of anaesthesia employed in the delivery of infants by Caesarean section on the pO2, pH, pCO2, base excess and standard bicarbonate of 61 mothers submitted for elective Caesarean section for obstetric reasons during anaesthesia, and their 61 infants, were investigated.
Cephalopelvic disproportion is a major cause of perinatal death and morbidity in Africa. Recognizing the limitations of medical personnel and equipment, a simple method of diagnosis and management is required.
A direct correlation of the duration of delay in the diagnosis of advanced abdominal pregnancy and a rise in the maternal and perinatal mortality, stresses the importance of a rapid diagnosis in this condition.
Measurement of urinary oestriol excretion in a case of abdominal pregnancy terminated near 38 weeks' gestation with the delivery of a live normal child has produced results which appear to be of little assistance in the use of this investigation for the management of such patients.