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Obstet Gynecol. 1985 Sep;66(3):353-6.

Hypogastric artery ligation for obstetric hemorrhage.


Ligation of the hypogastric arteries has been recommended for control of obstetric hemorrhage. However, specific information regarding its effectiveness is lacking. The hospital charts of 19 patients undergoing bilateral hypogastric artery ligation for the control of otherwise intractable obstetric hemorrhage were reviewed. Indications included uterine atony (15), lateral extension of a low-transverse uterine incision (three), and placenta accreta (one). This procedure was effective in controlling bleeding in eight of 19 patients (42%). Hysterectomy was necessary in the remaining 11 patients. In these patients, blood loss, operating time, and intraoperative morbidity was increased when compared with a group of 59 patients undergoing emergency hysterectomy for obstetric hemorrhage without prior ligation of the hypogastric arteries. Surgical approaches to hypogastric artery ligation are discussed.

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