974: Vacuum extraction for the preterm newborn and the long-term neurological outcome Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective Concern exists with regards to a possible harmful impact of vacuum extraction on the preterm newborn. We aimed to evaluate the long-term pediatric neurodevelopmental outcome of the preterm offspring following vacuum extraction. Study Design A population based cohort analysis was performed comparing the risk for long-term neurological morbidity (up to the age of 18 years) of children born preterm (< 37 completed weeks of gestation) following vacuum extraction as compared with those born via spontaneous vaginal delivery. Neurological morbidity included hospitalizations involving a pre-defined set of ICD-9 codes, as recorded in the hospital medical records. Deliveries occurred between the years 1991-2013 in a tertiary medical center. Term deliveries, multiple pregnancies, fetal congenital malformations, and any cesarean deliveries were excluded from the analysis …

publication date

  • January 1, 2017