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Birth trauma
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 P10P15

Birth trauma is any damage to the neonate's body structure or function due to events during birth. It includes birth asphyxia.

Birth trauma can refer to:

(P10-P15) Birth trauma Edit

Signs and symptomsEdit

Sequelae can occur in both the mother and the infant after a traumatic birth.


Well any number of injuries may occur during the birthing process. A number of specific conditions are well described. Brachial plexus palsy occurs in 0.4 to 5.1 infants per 1000 live birth.[1] Head trauma during delivery can lead to a number of conditions include: caput succedaneum, cephalohematoma, subgaleal hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, epidural hemorrhage, and intraventricular hemorrhage.

The most common fracture during delivery is that of the clavicle (0.5%).[2]


Rates of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as high as 5.9% have been reported.[3]


Risk factors include vacuum extraction and the use of forceps.[4]

Psychological sequeleaEdit

Effects on the childEdit

Effects on the motherEdit

A very painful labour, particularly if it produces longer term incapacity, for example reqiring intensive care, can disrupt the formation of the maternal bond

Physical effectsEdit

The physical effects of these complication and consequent birth trauma can lead to deformation of the head and effect the brain to produce mental retardation and/or neurological disorders

See alsoEdit

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File:Birth asphyxia and birth trauma world map - DALY - WHO2002.svg

Birth trauma is uncommon in the Western world in relation to rates in the third world. In the West injury occurs in 1.1% of C-sections.[6]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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