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cephalic replacement


Definition: in cases of shoulder dystocia when vaginal delivery cannot be effected, the fetal head is flexed and reinserted into the vagina to reestablish umbilical cord blood flow and delivery performed through cesarean section.

Synonym(s): Zavanelli maneuver

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