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Braxton Hicks contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions are physiological contractions of myometrium that occur in pregnancy. They are often sporadic and start by ~6 weeks.

Radiographic features

Antenatal ultrasound

It may be seen as a transient change myometrial thickness 2.

History and etymology

Named after John Braxton Hicks: English physician who first described it in 1871 1,5.

Differential diagnosis

Considerations for a focal myometrial thickness include:

See also

Article information

rID: 12304
System: Obstetrics
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Physiological uterine contractions in pregnancy
  • Braxton Hicks contraction
  • Physiological myometrial contractions in pregnancy
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions

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Cases and figures

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