Acta Scientific Women's Health (ASWH)(ISSN: 2582-3205)

Case Report Volume 3 Issue 1

Challenging Diagnosis in Secondary Post-Partum Hemorrhage: A Case Report

Sujnanendra Mishra1* and Swadhin Kumar Mishra2

1Senior Consultant, OBGYN Clinic Bolangir, Odisha, India
2Consultant, OBGYN Clinic Bolangir, Odisha, India

*Corresponding Author: Sujnanendra Mishra, Senior Consultant, OBGYN Clinic Bolangir, Odisha, India.

Received: October 21, 2020; Published: December 10, 2020



  Secondary postpartum hemorrhage is a deadly complication of postpartum period. However, often in few cases, proper diagnosis of the cause is made only at a critical stage due non-anticipation of the rare causes, which endangers the mother's life. A uterine artery pseudoaneurysm is a rare but serious complication following uterine surgery or delivery both cesarean and traumatic vaginal delivery. These pseudoaneurysms are prone to rupture even without any procedure, resulting in rapid exsanguinations. Uterine artery pseudo aneurysm, if not diagnosed promptly and treated inadequately can be catastrophic, it can lead to life-threatening postpartum hemorrhage. Herein, we report the case of a 37-year-oldwoman who developed recurrent secondary postpartum hemorrhage resulting from uterine artery pseudoaneurysm. Angiographic embolization is a safe and effective procedure for treating postpartum hemorrhage resulting from pseudoaneurysm in hemodynamically stable patients. However, individual circumstances such as non-availability of the procedure and suspicion of infection and for hemodynamically unstable patients, it may not be possible to undertake arterial embolization, and hysterectomy may be still a safe option in the treatment of this life-threatening complication. However, Uterine Artery ligation may be opted when fertility preservation is desired.

Keywords: Post-Partum Haemorrhage; Pseudoaneurysm; Embolization; Uterine Artery; Hysterectomy



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Citation: Sujnanendra Mishra and Swadhin Kumar Mishra. “Challenging Diagnosis in Secondary Post-Partum Hemorrhage: A Case Report". Acta Scientific Women's Health 3.1 (2021): 05-07.


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