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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jan;206(1):65.e1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2011.07.041. Epub 2011 Jul 30.

The combination of intrauterine balloon tamponade and the B-Lynch procedure for the treatment of severe postpartum hemorrhage.

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Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate intrauterine balloon tamponade with or without B-Lynch sutures in avoiding postpartum hysterectomy in cases with severe postpartum hemorrhage.

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective analysis using all women delivering between January 2005 and July 2010 in our center. Prevention of hysterectomy was the main outcome studied.

RESULTS:

Twenty-four cases of severe postpartum hemorrhage occurred in which medical treatment alone failed. In 20 cases, the Bakri balloon was the first choice to stop hemorrhage. Sixty percent (n = 12) of these were successfully treated with the balloon alone, 30% (n = 6) with the balloon and the B-Lynch suture. Therefore, 90% (n = 18) were successfully treated with the balloon as part of the treatment. The balloon tamponade was not successful in 2 cases. Four cases were treated with emergency hysterectomy a priori.

CONCLUSION:

The Bakri balloon with or without B-Lynch sutures in a stepwise approach is an effective option for the treatment of severe PPH.

PMID:
22000893
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2011.07.041
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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