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The nurse should suspect cephalopelvic disproportion after noting documentation of which of the following for a laboring client?

1. Pelvic outlet is less than 9 cm.
2. Midpelvis is contracted.
3. Fetal shoulders are too large to pass through the bony pelvis.
4. Fetal head is too large to pass through the bony pelvis.


Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) means that the fetal head is too large to pass through the bony pelvis. Options 1 and 2 refer to a smaller-than-normal pelvis, but do not take into account the fetal head size. Option 3 refers to shoulder dystocia. Specific knowledge of cephalopelvic disproportion is needed to answer this question. Use nursing knowledge and the process of elimination to make your selection.


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