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J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2011 Oct;37(10):1497-502. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01540.x. Epub 2011 May 22.

Gravid hysterectomy following history of recurrent ruptured uterus: case report.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA.


The risk of uterine rupture and its associated morbidities increases as the incidence of cesarean deliveries increases. There is little evidence guiding the management of pregnancy termination in patients with a history of uterine rupture. A 21-year-old woman with a history of a classical cesarean delivery and four subsequent uterine ruptures presented for termination of pregnancy at 17 weeks and 2 days. Ultrasound study noted anterior wall implantation of the placenta covering the classical cesarean scar as well as the subsequent cesarean section scars. A scheduled gravid hysterectomy was performed to complete the pregnancy termination and avoid recurrent uterine rupture. Pathological examination revealed marked attenuation and fibrosis of the anterior uterine wall with diffuse placenta accreta and focal placenta percreta justifying the decision for hysterectomy in this young patient. We therefore suggest that gravid hysterectomy rather than dilatation and evacuation should be considered for pregnancy termination in patients with history of recurrent uterine rupture and suspicion for abnormal placentation.

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