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J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2014 Feb;27(3):309-11. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2013.809418. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

Successful management of intraoperative hemorrhage from placenta previa accreta: intrauterine tamponade balloons brought out through the abdominal wall.

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  • 1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Kyoto University , Kyoto , Japan.



Conservative management for placenta previa accreta (PPA) may be preferred, but uncontrollable hemorrhage sometimes occurs during a cesarean section.


We present a case with a successful maneuver for the management of intraoperative hemorrhage in PPA. Profuse hemorrhage occurred due to partial placental separation during a cesarean section. The bleeding was stopped by the placement of intrauterine tamponade balloons with their shafts passed through the anterior abdominal wall. The catheters were removed after 24 h. The patient had no complications, and the placenta spontaneously resorbed three months after delivery.


This is a useful addition to the options for management of PPA at cesarean section.

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