Effectiveness of hyoscine butyl bromide in shortening the first stage of labour – case series and review of literature
Background: Prolonged labour from cervical dystocia or stasis is one of the common indications for caesarean delivery. Hyoscine N-butyl bromide (HBB), an anticholinergic and antispasmodic drug, has been found effective in shortening the first stage of labour with no adverse effects on feto-maternal outcomes.
Case presentations: We present a series of 3 cases with apparent clinical evidence of prolonged labour but which later progressed to achieve vaginal delivery following an injection of HBB.
Discussion: Relevant literatures explored revealed the clinical relevance and potential benefits of reviewing the use of HBB in our environment.
Keywords: First stage, HBB, Hyoscine N-butyl bromide, Prolonged labour
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