Leopold's maneuvers: How common is it in our daily practice?

Hisham M. Mirghani, Howaida Khair, Badreldeen Ahmed

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Abstract

Objective. To determine how frequent obstetricians use Leopold's maneuvers in their practice. Subjects and Methods. A questionnaire with numerical scale was distributed among practicing obstetricians. They examined how frequent the symphyseal fundal height (SFH) measurement, Leopold's maneuvers and ultrasound examination for fetal orientation were performed. Results. A total of 165 obstetricians completed the questionnaire. Only 56 (33.9%) respondents indicated that they use SFH. The first and third Leopold's maneuver were the most frequent abdominal grips performed. Only 36 (21.8%) respondents regularly perform all four maneuvers. Seventy seven (46.7%) respondents use ultrasound to determine fetal orientation. The use of ultrasound was significantly higher (p=0.02) in those practicing for less than 10 years (62.6%) compared to those practicing for 10 years or more (43.3%). Conclusion. Leopold's maneuvers are still common in daily obstetrics practice. Abdominal palpation remains a common method to estimate the uterine size. The first and third Leopold's maneuver were the most frequent abdominal grips performed. Ultrasound examination is commonly used to determine fetal orientation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalGynaecologia et Perinatologia
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fetal orientation
  • Leopold's maneuvers
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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