Successful management of second-trimester postabortion hemorrhage with an intrauterine tamponade balloon.

Legally induced abortion is a safe procedure. However, hemorrhage is a significant cause of abortion-related morbidity and mortality. We describe a case in which a uterine tamponade balloon was successfully used to control a second-trimester postabortion hemorrhage.
A gravida 1 para 0 woman underwent dilation and evacuation at 18 weeks of gestation for fetal aneuploidy. Her procedure was complicated by intraoperative hemorrhage not resulting from uterine atony. This was successfully managed by tamponade with a large intrauterine balloon.
Uterine balloon tamponade should be considered in the management of second-trimester postabortion hemorrhage unresponsive to medical therapy.
AuthorsTessa Madden, Anne E Burke
JournalObstetrics and gynecology (Obstet Gynecol) Vol. 113 Issue 2 Pt 2 Pg. 501-3 (Feb 2009) ISSN: 0029-7844 [Print] United States
PMID19155934 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
  • Abortion, Eugenic
  • Balloon Occlusion
  • Catheterization
  • Dilatation and Curettage (adverse effects)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Hemorrhage (etiology, therapy)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second

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