A case series of masquerade postpartum haemorrhage

Oluwasomidoyin O. Bello, Olatunji O. Lawal


Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is an obstetric emergency with different causes. Management is directed towards the cause and can be medical or surgical. This is a case series report of four patients who presented to University College Hospital; Ibadan, Nigeria with PPH following emergency caesarean section (EMCS) with three performed for prolonged obstructed labour. All the cases had severe PPH, hemodynamic instability and presented 14 to 84 days post caesarean section. Surgical exploration revealed extension of caesarean incision into the uterine vessel with slipped ligature in two of them and bleeding vessel without ligature in the other two. Two had haemostasis secured with uterine artery ligation, one had repair of uterine incision extension while the 4th had hysterectomy. The length of hospital stay was 5 to 13 days. All recovered fully post-operatively and were discharge home in good clinical condition.


Caesarean section, Postpartum haemorrhage, Surgical skill

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