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J Obstet Gynaecol. 2008 Aug;28(6):573-9. doi: 10.1080/01443610802273374.

Transcatheter pelvic arterial embolisation for control of obstetric and gynaecological haemorrhage.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, UK.


We present a 5-year experience of pelvic arterial embolisation at two centres in the UK, and emphasise the role of interventional radiology in the treatment of obstetric and gynaecological haemorrhage. A total of 31 women underwent pelvic embolization:19 patients had complete medical records, and of these, two women had antepartum haemorrhage, 12 women had primary postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), four women had secondary PPH and one woman had a haemorrhage following termination of pregnancy (TOP). The source of the haemorrhage was only identified in four women (21.1%). All patients underwent selective embolisation of the uterine artery or anterior divisional branch of the internal iliac artery with successful haemorrhage control in 17 patients (89.4%) and no immediate complications. Haemorrhage continued despite embolisation in two patients; both proceeded to surgery. Selective pelvic embolisation is a safe and effective treatment for acute obstetric or gynaecological haemorrhage and should be part of the management algorithm for PPH.

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