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Br J Anaesth. 2004 Mar;92(3):439-41.

Puerperal uterine inversion and shock.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesia, Southmead Hospital, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK. rmberinger@aol.com


Uterine inversion is an unusual and potentially life-threatening event occurring in the third stage of labour. It is associated with significant blood loss, and shock, which may be out of proportion to the haemorrhage, although this is questionable. When managed promptly and aggressively, uterine inversion can result in minimal maternal morbidity and mortality. A recent case is described, followed by a short review of the literature.

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