DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20191951

Efficacy of internal iliac artery ligation for control of post-partum haemorrhage

Beeresh C. S., Divyasree Doopadapalli, Krishna L.

Abstract


Background: Pelvic hemorrhage is associated with a great degree of morbidity and mortality and has to be controlled immediately. Ligation of the internal iliac arteries is a method to achieve the goal. We conducted this study to assess the outcome, effectiveness and complications of internal iliac artery ligation (IIAL) in controlling postpartum haemorrhage.

Methods: This study was a retrospective study conducted in a rural tertiary referral centre from April 2015 to March 2018. IIAL was performed in women with PPH either at caesarean section or at laparotomy performed at a variable time after vaginal or caesarean delivery.

Results: Over the study period of 3 years, 29 cases of IIAL were performed. The most common indication for IIAL was atonic PPH. Uterine salvagability was 62% in this study.

Conclusions: All obstetric surgeons should be fully aware of the indications, timing and technical aspects of IIAL. Bilateral internal iliac artery ligation remains a safe, fast, effective and life saving salvage procedure which should be encouraged and used routinely by obstetricians when faced with cases of severe obstetric hemorrhage, especially in young women of low parity.


Keywords


Internal iliac artery ligation, Post partum hemorrhage

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