Trends and indications for caesarean section in a tertiary care obstetric hospital in coastal south India

B. Unnikrishnan, B. Rakshith Prasad, Aishwarya Amarnath, Nithin Kumar, T. Rekha, Prasanna P. Mithra, Ankita Aishwarya, Rajesh Kumar, Juhi Lakshman Chausalkar, Nitish Garg, Sneha Pal, Siti Hawa Binti Md Dolkafle

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An increase in the Caesarean Section (CS) rates is a concern in the health care systems all over the world. In a developing country, an increase in the CS rate has major implications on the limited health care resources. A hospital based retrospective study was carried out in a tertiary government-run hospital specializing in Obstetrics & Gynaecology & all deliveries conducted from Jan 1st 2009 to Dec 31st 2009 were included. There were 7543 deliveries in the study period, with 1756 being CS, giving a rate of 23.27%. There is an increasing trend of caesarean section from 2005 (20.24%) to 2009 (23.27%) in our hospital. Most of the CSs were performed with previous CS as the indication. Foetal distress, breech presentation and failed induction was the other non-absolute indications. Placenta praevia and malpresentations were the most common absolute indications of CS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-825
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Medical Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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