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Induction of labour in preeclamptic women: a randomised trial comparing the Foley balloon catheter with oral misoprostol

Between 40,000 and 80,000 pregnant women die each year from pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. While the only cure for these conditions comes with delivery, there are two low-cost interventions commonly used in low-resource settings: oral misoprostol tablets and transcervical Foley catheterization. This randomized, open-label, control trial compared the efficacy, safety, acceptability and cost of those interventions. These methods were compared by assessing and comparing the speed of induction of vaginal delivery, neonatal morbidity and mortality, and maternal complications, mortality and morbidity.

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  • Topic: Preeclampsia
  • Type: Staff Publication
  • Author: Bracken, H., Mundle, S., Faragher, B., Easterling, T., Haycox, A., Turner, M., Alfirevic, Z., Winikoff, B., Weeks, A.
  • Published: September 2014