Induction of labor with anencephalic fetus

Osathanondh R

Donnenfeld AE

Frigoletto FD Jr.

Driscoll SG

Ryan KJ

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Nov 1980


Elective induction of labor, followed by vaginal delivery, was carried out at 25 to 39 weeks' gestation in 14 consecutive patients (15 pregnancies) with an anencephalic fetus. Laminaria tents and prostaglandin drugs were used. The procedures produced no serious untoward effects and required only 3 hospital days.