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14 - Postpartum hemorrhage due to inferior epigastric vein injury

Mehmet Baki Senturk, Hakan Guraslan, Mesut Polat, Omer Birol Durukan

Objective: Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality. Postpartum hemorrhage originates from the genital organs primarily as uterine atonia, and although extremely rare, it may also originate from reasons other than the genital organs. Inferior epigastric vascular damage may be the origin of postpartum hemorrhage and despite its rarity, can cause morbidity and even mortality.

Case: We present a case, who is being followed up for severe pre- eclampsia in whom inferior epigastric venous injury occurred in relationship with blunt widening of a Pfannenstiel incision during caesarean section operation.

Conclusion: Although extremely rare, in cases thought to be postpartum hemorrhage, especially if there is no vaginal bleeding and the uterus has contracted, causes other than the pelvic organs must be suspected.

Keywords: Cesarean Section, morbidity, postpartum hemorrhage

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