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Special Issue Title: Caesarean Section Today - “Caesarology in the 21st Century”

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· Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor

Prof. Dubravko Habek

Clinical Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sveti Duh University Hospital, Catholic University of Croatia Zagreb, Croatia

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Interests: Operative and emergency obstetrics; Pelveoperineology;  Forensic gynecology and obstetrics; Deontology; Surgery; Medicohistoriography

Prof. Vesna Elvedi Gasparovic

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Centre Zagreb, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


Interests: High risk pregnancy; emergency obstetrics; forensic obstetrics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Caesarean Section (CS) is a major surgical procedure that should be performed according to medically obstetric (>90%) and nonobstetrics (<10%) indications with 80% emergency and 20% elective CS. The relationship between elective CS and urgent CS has become inverted, as has the relationship between the existence of nonobstetricc indications and real obstetric indications in extremely high >30% CSs where they are performed.

CS has remained a clinically justified procedure as a life-saving surgical procedure for mother and/or baby but recently it has become a fashionable procedure as a consequence of various non-medical indications. Non–medical indicated CS has become a public health, epidemiologic, perinatal, pediatric, juristic, and deontological problem worldwide as it burdens the healthcare system and is beyond the reach of good clinical practice. Generally known, with increased rates of CS, incidence of previal and/or morbid invasive malplacentation in nulliparous increases from 5% to 67% in pregnant women with >4 CSs, while surgery, especially unplanned laparotomy and hysterectomy, as well as hemorrhagic obstetric shock, are direct predictors of severe maternal morbidity and mortality. Today, when CS has become the most common obstetric operation, even more common than episiotomy, any clinical evaluation of this procedure is worth publishing: repeaed CS, vaginal birth after CS, evaluation of CSs techniques, CS in twin pregnancies, ethical dilemas in CS etc.

Prof. Dubravko Habek and Prof. Vesna Elvedi Gasparovic

Guest Editor


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Caesarean section; good clinical practice; operative techniques and outcome

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Planned Papers

Title: The influence of Cesarean SEction on future female fertility
Authors: Johannes Ott

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Caesarean section between doctrine to heresis. Medicoethical and deontological view of caesarology: an opinion
Dubravko Habek, Matija Prka, Anto Čartolovni, Anis Cerovac, Domagoj Dokozić
Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology    2021, 48 (1): 1-4.   DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog.2021.01.2305
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Increasing the incidence of caesarean section is not in line with professional and deontological guidelines. Elective cesarean section prevents primordial prevention of chronic cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, imunological, endocrinological morbidity by peripartal programming. Elective non-medical indicated caesarean section is not a procedure that respects deontological, clinical etics, scientific and professional principles. It is like an unacceptable surgery outside the scope of medical ethics. Clientelism in high-risk clinical obstetric medicine is not a professional and deontologically correct category: a physician should not be a provider on request of healthy pregnant women with the potential to have a medically incorrect procedure and complications associated with it and to put a healthy pregnant/maternity and child status in the patient's status. The financial, social, political and cultural components must not outweigh good clinical practice and the moral principles of medicine.
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