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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 181-183

Ruptured uterus and bowel injury from manual removal of placenta: A case report


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of surgery, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Yusuf A Oshodi
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos
Nigeria
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Background : Retained placenta is a significant cause of maternal mortality and morbidity throughout the developing world. 'Though, intestinal injury may arise as a complication of induced abortion following instrumentation through the genital tract, the involvement of the large bowel in complicated manual removal of placenta is a very rare occurrence' Case report : We present the case of a 28 year-old Para 3+0, 3 alive woman who had attempted manual removal of placenta in a basic emergency obstetric care facility that resulted in lower uterine segment rupture with evisceration of bowels through the laceration outside the introitus. She subsequently had right hemi- colectomy with ileo-transverse anastomosis and repair of uterine rupture with bilateral tubal ligation. Conclusion : This case highlights the risk of exposing parturients to inexperienced attendants at delivery and emphasises the need for intensification of manpower training to attain the 5th MDG enunciated by the United Nations.


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