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January 25, 1930

RETRODISPLACEMENT OF THE UTERUS AS AN OBSTETRIC COMPLICATION

Author Affiliations

IOWA CITY
From the Obstetrical Department of the Henry Ford Hospital and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the State University of Iowa.

JAMA. 1930;94(4):255-259. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710300027008
Abstract

Retroposition of the uterus as an obstetric complication is not a new subject for discussion by this section or by obstetricians generally, but apparently no attempt has been made to learn what will happen if no corrective treatment is instituted during pregnancy or after delivery. Various degrees of conservatism have been advocated from time to time until the retroverted uterus has lost a great deal of its former importance, but there is still a feeling that it is a real complication. Among obstetricians it is frequently blamed for sterility and for early abortion, and the advice is usually given that a retroposed uterus discovered in early pregnancy should be replaced at once, lest untoward symptoms develop. Moreover, there is a strong feeling that child-bearing plays an important rôle in producing posterior displacements and that it is essential for the physician to insist on correctional exercises and to institute pessary treatment

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