Use of packing in obstetric hemorrhage of uterine origin.


OBJECTIVE To determine the safety and effectiveness of uterine packing to stop hemorrhage in obstetric patients following delivery and pregnancy termination. STUDY DESIGN A review of obstetric records at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in a 9-year period was undertaken. Patients with uterine packing were identified. Indications, additional medical and surgical procedures, estimated blood loss, postoperative complications and packing material used were reviewed. RESULTS A total of 9 patients were identified among 34,071. Five patients had hemorrhage during cesarean section. Two patients had hemorrhage after vaginal delivery; 1 case of which had failure with packing and resulted in postpartum hysterectomy. The remaining 2 patients had hemorrhage after dilation and evacuation. Uterine atony unresponsive to oxytocics was the most common indication for uterine packing (44%). The average hematocrit decrease was 10.4% (average total blood loss, 2,200 mL), and all patients received transfusion except 1. The only immediate postoperative complications occurred in a patient with postpartum hysterectomy after failed packing; she developed a pelvic abscess but did well after drainage. CONCLUSION Uterine packing may be a reasonable alternative to further surgical intervention in patients with intractable obstetric hemorrhage who wish to preserve fertility.


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@article{Hsu2003UseOP, title={Use of packing in obstetric hemorrhage of uterine origin.}, author={Senzan Hsu and Bruce Rodgers and Amol Lele and John Yeh}, journal={The Journal of reproductive medicine}, year={2003}, volume={48 2}, pages={69-71} }