Uncontrollable postpartum bleeding: a new approach to hemostasis through angiographic arterial embolization.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A case of severe postpartum hemorrhage is reported. Three separate surgical procedures failed to reveal the source of bleeding, and standard surgical techniques, including bilateral ligation of the hypogastric arteries, were unsuccessful in producing hemostasis. However, angiography successfully identified the specific bleeding vessel, and transcatheter embolization with Gelfoam fragments quickly and effectively stopped the hemorrhage. The authors consider angiographic embolization to be an effective alternative approach to the control of pelvic hemorrhage and recommend that the technique be considered prior to surgical intervention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, BJ; Heaston, DK; Poulson, AM; Gabert, HA; Mineau, DE; Miller, FJ

Published Date

  • September 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 361 - 365

PubMed ID

  • 314075

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-7844


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States