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J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2018 Mar;28(3):S49-S50. doi: 10.29271/jcpsp.2018.03.S49.

A Rare Case: Rupture of Internal Pudendal and Uterine Artery in a Vaginal Delivery.

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Department of Urogynecology, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.


The management of puerperal hematomas after normal delivery has always been challenging for obstetricians. Vulvar, vulvovaginal, or paravaginal hematomas are common. On the other hand, retroperitoneal hematomas are uncommon and can be life-threatening. The diagnosis of vascular injury is rarely made preoperatively as atonic or traumatic postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), uterine rupture and amniotic fluid embolism are more common differential diagnoses. Injury to internal pudendal and uterine vessels is extremely rare in cases of vaginal delivery and, therefore, the literature on this topic is very scarce. We present a rare case of both internal pudendal and uterine artery rupture in a normal vaginal delivery, which led to massive postpartum hemorrhage. The diagnosis was made on Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) and arterial embolization was performed. This case stresses on the need for careful post-delivery monitoring for revealed postpartum hemorrhage. Vascular injury is a rare life-threatening cause of obstetric shock, and active; and timely operative intervention can prevent morbidity and mortality.


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