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Iatrogenic Fetal Injury

Aburezq, Hisham MD, FRCSC; Chakrabarty, Kaushik H. MBChB, MD; Zuker, Ronald M. MD, FRCSC

Obstetrics & Gynecology:
Case Reports

BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic fetal injury during cesarean delivery is a serious but underreported complication.

CASE: A distal iatrogenic amputation of a digit occurred during a cesarean delivery.

CONCLUSION: Obstetricians should be aware of this potential complication.

In Brief

The incidence of iatrogenic fetal injury during cesarean delivery is high enough to warrant inclusion as a specific complication when obtaining consent.

Author Information

From the Division of Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Corresponding author: Hisham Aburezq, MD, FRCSC, PO Box 1574 Mishref, Postal Code 40179, State of Kuwait; e-mail:

© 2005 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists