Trial of labor after cesarean section. Two years' experience.


  • M F Alves Serviço de Ostetrícia, Hospital de Santa Maria, Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa.
  • A Cordeiro
  • M da C Cardoso
  • L M Graça



A retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate the incidence of vaginal delivery in women that previously undergone a cesarean section; in addition, incidence of complications such as uterine rupture and scar dehiscence were evaluated. During the two years reviewed, 251 out of 324 women with a previous cesarean section were allowed to labor; 64.1% had a vaginal delivery. Uterine rupture occurred in 0.8% of the patients of the trial of labor group: no other significant maternal and/or fetal complications were seen; scar dehiscence occurred in 3.3%. Statistical analysis didn't show any increase in complications when oxytocin was used to stimulate uterine activity. It is concluded that trail of labor and delivery after cesarean section is a safe option in a large number of patients.


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Alves MF, Cordeiro A, Cardoso M da C, Graça LM. Trial of labor after cesarean section. Two years’ experience. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 1993 Dec. 30 [cited 2024 May 18];6(12):573-6. Available from:



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