C-sections overprescribed in Italy, study finds

'Over 40% of operations unnecessary'

Rome, January 18 - Italian women giving birth in public hospitals are subjected to caesarean sections in 29% of cases, of which 43% appear retroactively not to have been medically justified, according a report released on Friday. The data was compiled based on hospital dismissal medical reports of patients in 2010, and a common anomaly was the erroneous indication that the foetus was badly positioned, which led the surgery to be executed. Births in Italy totalled 482,195 in 2010.

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