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Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Abstract

External tachodynamometer has frequently been used to evaluate premature labor. In three cases, the patient was apparently able to record uterine contraction-like curves by means of abdominal pressure. In two of these cases, the patient was evidently using this manipulation to gain attention and support from her husband and/or family members. In the third case, described in this paper, because false curves were recorded, an emergency Caesarean section was performed under the impression that abruptio placenta had occurred.

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