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Hemoperitoneum Caused by Placenta Percreta in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

Keywords: Hysterectomy , placenta percreta , hemoperitoneum , pregnancy

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The placental adhesive disorders such as placenta accreta andplacenta percreta are the rare causes of serious obstetric hemorrhages.They are associated with high maternal morbidity andmortality. Placenta percreta is usually diagnosed in the thirdtrimester of pregnancy as a massive postpartum hemorrhagewhen an attempt to remove the placenta reveals lack of acleavage plane. Here we report an unusual presentation of placentapercreta as hemoperitoneum and hemorrhagic shock inthe third trimester of pregnancy. A 33-year-old woman wasadmitted to hospital at the 35th weeks of gestation with abdominalpain and hemorrhagic shock. Laparotomy was immediatelyperformed because of intra-abdominal bleeding. Uponinspection, a posterior laceration of the uterus was noted.Pathologic investigation of the uterus showed placenta percreta.The patient recovered uneventfully. Spontaneous ruptureof the uterus can be occured in the absence of uterinetrauma. In the differential diagnosis of a pregnant woman presentingwith hypotension, abdominal pain, and fetal death, ruptureof the uterus caused by placenta percreta should be considered.Rapid diagnosis, blood transfusion, and emergency laparotomyare the key steps in successful management.


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