Breech Delivery Workup

Updated: Dec 28, 2015
  • Author: Philippe H Girerd, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

See the list below:

  • Portable radiographs inform the practitioner if the fetal head is hyperextended and indicates the shape of the maternal pelvis and type of breech presentation.

  • Limited bedside pelvic ultrasonography: The mainstay for fetal assessment, if breech presentation is suspected, obtain a sonogram to confirm or refute suspicions. In addition to fetal presentation, a sonogram may reveal other fetal and/or uterine abnormalities. See image below.

    Ultrasound demonstrating a fetus in breech present Ultrasound demonstrating a fetus in breech presentation with a hyperextended head (ie, "star gazing").