Maternal mean corpuscle volume and oxytocin augmentation during vaginal delivery

Samuel Lurie, Edva Yarden, Zahi Ben-Aroya, Oscar Sadan, Marek Glezerman

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Objective: The aim of this study was to assess whether low maternal MCV values are associated with adverse course of vaginal delivery. Study design: A retrospective analysis of 92 consecutive vertex singleton vaginal deliveries in nulliparous women in a university tertiary health care facility. MCV was considered as major outcome variable. Results: 54.1% of Parturients with higher MCV needed oxytocin augmentation during labor as compared to 79.5% of parturients with lower MCV (P<0.05). The need for oxytocin for augmentation of labor was decreased with larger MCV (OR 0.90 per fL, 95% CI 0.82-0.98, P<0.05). No correlation was found between MCV and other parameters of labor course. Conclusion: Low maternal MCV values were associated with increased use of oxytocin augmentation during vaginal delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-234
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Erythrocyte
  • Labor
  • MCV
  • Oxytocin


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