International Workshop on Pregnant Uterine
Smooth Muscle EMG Activity

11 and 12 July 2006

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Holger Maul, Sabina Czarkowski, Florian Gutzeit, Christof Sohn

EMG at term labour


Objective: To demonstrate that true labor at term can be reliably measured by EMG.

Methods: Pregnant women at term presenting in the labor and delivery unit of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. After obtaining informed consent women were followed online by EMG and cardiotocography until delivery. All data were fed into a program designed by the authors. EMG and Toco signals were compared. Influence of medical interventions were analyzed.

Results: Concordance was high between EMG and Toco. Influence of medical interventions on single EMG parameters were difficult was variable.

Conclusion: Labor can be sufficiently evaluated using EMG in a clinical setting. Further research needs to focus on analyzing the obtained EMG signals.

Dr.Holger Maul
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Heidelberg
Vossstr. 9
69115 Heidelberg

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