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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Oct;205(4):335.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.05.006. Epub 2011 May 10.

Multiple square sutures for postpartum hemorrhage: results and hysteroscopic assessment.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Centre Hospitalier Régional d'Orléans, Orléans, France. alouini.s@orange.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficiency and morbidity of multiple square sutures in severe postpartum hemorrhage.

STUDY DESIGN:

A retrospective study encompassed 30 multiple square sutures that were performed for severe postpartum hemorrhage in 26,605 deliveries in a tertiary maternity center. The main outcome measures were the ability to stop hemorrhage and the assessment of the uterine cavity by hysteroscopy at 3 months.

RESULTS:

Multiple square sutures stopped postpartum hemorrhage in 28 of 30 cases (93%). Twenty women underwent hysteroscopy after multiple square sutures. Eight women (40%) did not have intrauterine adhesions. Nine women (45%) had thin and localized intrauterine adhesions that were removed easily by the tip of the hysteroscope; 2 women had moderate intrauterine adhesions that were resected. One patient had endometritis followed by severe intrauterine adhesions.

CONCLUSION:

Multiple square sutures are effective and safe for the control of severe postpartum hemorrhage and for uterine conservation in most cases. Although some patients had moderate or severe adhesions, a normal uterine cavity or minimal intrauterine adhesions that were removed easily were the most frequent findings at hysteroscopy. A prospective study may be helpful to compare the safety and efficiency of square and brace sutures.

PMID:
21722873
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2011.05.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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