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Br Med J. 1971 May 1;2(5756):256-7.

Abdominal wound dehiscence after caesarean section.


In a series of 2,175 patients delivered by caesarean section a dehiscence of the abdominal wound occurred in 50. Wound dehiscence was eight times more common with a vertical incision than with a low transverse incision of the abdominal wall; with the vertical incision the incidence of partial and complete dehisence was 2.94% and with the low transverse incision no complete dehiscence occurred and the incidence of partial dehisence was 0.37%. The increased use of the low transverse incision would greatly reduce the serious complication of wound dehiscence after caesarean section.

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