Monitoring contractions during labour using the external tocodynamometer can be difficult or even impossible, and using the invasive intrauterine pressure catheter is associated with rare but serious complications. A new non-invasive technique is currently available: electrohysterography (EHG). This technique converts the electrical activity of the uterine muscle into a legible tocogram. The EHG signal has a high correlation with the intrauterine pressure and provides a more accurate assessment of uterine activity compared to external tocodynamometry. EHG is suitable for women in labour with failure of the external tocodynamometer. In clinical practice EHG also appeared to report a more detailed tocographic waveform, like hypertonia or unorganized electrical uterine activity. However, its signal quality depends on adequate skin preparation and correct positioning of the electrodes on the maternal abdomen. Hence, with electrohysterography as noninvasive alternative for uterine monitoring, choosing between safety and accuracy is no longer necessary. Conflict of interest and financial support: ICMJE forms provided by the authors are available online along with the full text of this article.
|Translated title of the contribution||Electrohysterography. A promising alternative for monitoring contractions|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|