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Med J Malaysia. 2003 Oct;58(4):604-7.

Sengstaken-Blakemore tube to control massive postpartum haemorrhage.

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  • 1Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Ipoh, Jalan Hospital, 30990, Ipoh, Perak.


Massive postpartum haemorrhage after Cesarean section for placenta previa is a common occurrence. The bleeding is usually from the placental bed at the lower uterine segment. Uterine tamponade has a role in the management of such patients especially when fertility is desired. We describe here a case of massive postpartum haemorrhage, which was managed, with the use of a Sengstaken-Blakemore tube. This allowed us to avoid a hysterectomy for a young primiparous patient.

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