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									Pak J Med Sci             July - September 2003             Vol. 19        No. 3      182 - 186

     Original Article

                    INDICATION AND MATERNAL OUTCOME OF
                   EMERGENCY PERIPARTUM HYSTERECTOMY
                             Dr. Sumera Tahir 1, Dr. Mahmood Aleem         2
                                                                               & Dr. Samina Akram   3



     ABSTRACT:
     Objectives: To analyze the maternal outcome of peripartum hysterectomy in badly handled cases with
     ruptured uterus and severe post partum haemorrhage.
     Design and Setting: A retrospective study carried out in Obstetric & Gynaecology Unit-II, Divisional
     Headquarter Hospital (D.H.Q.) Faisalabad over a period of two years.
     Subject: Thirty patients who underwent emergency peripartum hysterectomy during the study period
     of two years.
     Main Outcome Measures: Indications, associated maternal morbidity & mortality of peripartum
     hysterectomy.
     Results: There were 30 cases of emergency peripartum hysterectomy over a period of two years. The
     most common indication was uterine rupture (42.9%), followed by uterine atony (26.6%). All women
     required blood transfusion, five (17%) developed coogulopathy, four (13.3%) had bladder injuries, two
     (6%) required salpingoophorectomy for uncontrolled adnexal bleeding and two (6%) patients underwent
     a repeat laparotomy for internal haemorrhage. Maternal mortality was 6% (n=2).
     Conclusion: Peripartum hysterectomy continues to have a high incidence in our community. High
     parity, illiteracy & ignorance coupled with inadequate maternity services, injudicious use of syntocinon,
     improper third stage management, abnormal placentation & uterine atony were identified as risk
     factors for emergency peripartum hysterectomy. An early decision of obstetrician can save blood loss
     & prevent complications.
     KEY WORDS: Peripartum hysterectomy, Abnormal placentation, Maternal morbidity & mortality.
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1.   Dr. Sumera Tahir FCPS                                                           INTRODUCTION
     Assistant Professor Gynaecology & Obstetrics
2. Dr. Mahmood Aleem FRCOG                                            Obstetric hysterectomy refers to surgical re-
     Professor Gynaecology & Obstetrics Unit-II                     moval of the pregnant or recently pregnant
3. Dr. Samina Akram MBBS                                            uterus with the pregnancy insitu or due to
     Registrar Obs. & Gynae, Unit-II,
                                                                    complications of delivery. It is an indispens-
1-3. Divisional Headquarter Hospital
     Punjab Medical College,                                        able life saving tool for management of
     Faisalabad, Pakistan                                           intractable obstetric haemorrhage unrespon-
                                                                    sive to other treatment.
     Correspondence:                                                  In modern obstetrics the overall incidence is
     Dr. Sumera Tahir                                               0.05%1, but there is a considerable difference
     Assistant Professor Gynaecology & Obstetrics,                  in its incidence in different parts of the world
     Punjab Medical College,
     Divisional Headquarter Hospital,                               depending upon modern obstetrical services,
     Faisalabad, Pakistan                                           standard and awareness of antenatal care and
     E-mail: dr_sumera@hotmail.com                                  effectiveness of family planning activities of a
                                                                    given community. In Nigeria, the incidence is
*    Received for publication:      January 11, 2003
                                                                    1 in 349 2 and 1.3/1000 births in South
     Revision accepted:             April 28, 2003                  California3.
                                                                  Emergency peripartum hysterectomy
  Indications for emergency peripartum hys-          Indications of Hysterectomy
terectomy include uterine atony3,4,5. Ruptured         The most common indication for hysterec-
uterus is the second commonest with overall          tomy was ruptured uterus 43% (n=13). Uter-
incidence of 0.05%. It increases to 0.8% after       ine atony not responding to uterotonic agents
previous lower segment caesarean section6,7          was the indication in 27% (n=8). In five pa-
and 5% after classical section. It is responsible    tients (17%) it was abnormal placentation
for 5% maternal deaths in United States each         Table-III.
year8. Incidence in developing world is much
higher due to poor obstetric facilities though a                  Table – I: Age of Patients
definite statistical figure is not available. Ab-
normal placentation is increasing in frequency       No. of        Age of        Frequency      Percentage
as an indication. Recent studies show placenta       Groups       Patients                         (%)
accreta as one of primary indications9,10. Uter-     1            18   –   22         03          10.00
ine inversion is rare occurring in 1:640011 to       2            23   –   27         04          13.34
1:210012 deliveries. Sepsis is also a rare cause.    3            28   –   32         07          23.34
  Emergency peripartum hysterectomy in-              4            33   –   37         14          46.66
creases maternal morbidity and mortality. The        5            38   –   42         02          06.66
most frequent operative complications are
haemorrhage and urinary tract injuries. A com-       Total                            30         100.00
mon cause of peroperative haemorrhage is loss        Average age = 31 years
of control of a uterine artery or adnexal vascu-
                                                                Table – II: Parity Distribution
lar pedicle. Commonest postoperative compli-
cations are bleeding and infection.
                                                     No. of        Parity        Frequency      Percentage
                                                     Groups                                        (%)
        PATIENTS AND METHOD
                                                     1            00   –   02         02          6.66
  For this study thirty cases of peripartum hys-
                                                     2            03   –   05         05          16.66
terectomy were selected during a period of two
                                                     3            06   –   08         11          36.67
years, whether delivered inside or outside the
                                                     4            09   –   11         08          26.67
hospital. The patients and their family were
                                                     5            12   –   14         04          13.34
counseled regarding the potential need of emer-
gency hysterectomy and all of them signed an         Total                            30         100.00
informed consent. All patients received blood        Mean Parity = 07.00
transfusion and prophylactic antibiotic cover.
All patients were operated under general ana-               Table – III: Indications for Peripartum
esthesia. Operative complications were defined                            Hysterectomy
as vascular, bladder, uretral & bowel injuries.
  Post-operative complications were defined as       No. of Age of                     Frequ- Percentage
adverse events that occurred as a result of the      Groups Patients                    ency     (%)
procedure. All information was recorded on           1          Ruptured Uterus            13     43.00
proforma.                                            2          Uterine Atony              08     27.00
                                                     3          Placenta Accreta           05     17.00
                  RESULTS
                                                     4          Extended Uterine           02     07.00
Patient Characteristics                                         Incision
 The mean age of the patients was 31 years           5          External Cervical          01     03.00
with a range of 18 to 42 yeas (Table-I). The                    Tears
parity range was 0 to 14. Median parity was 7        6          Inverted Uterus            01     03.00
Table-II.                                            Total                                 30     100.00
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Type of Hysterectomy                                         damage to urinary tract were the most com-
  Total abdominal hysterectomy was per-                      mon complications.
formed in 25 patients (83.33%) while subtotal                  Average stay in hospital was 12 days
hysterectomy was done in 5 (16.67%) cases                    ranging from 7 to 21 as shown in Table-VI.
Table-IV.                                                    Average amount of blood transfused was 3.5
                                                             units as shown in Table-VII. There were
Preoperative & Postoperative Complications                   two maternal deaths (6.66%) as shown in
 As listed in Table-V haemorrhage and                        Table-VIII.

        Table – IV: Type of Hysterectomy                            Table – VI: Average Stay in Hospital

No. of Type of                   No. of    Percentage        No. of        Days            No. of        Percentage
Groups Hysterectomy              Cases        (%)            Groups                       Cases (f)         (%)

1          Total Abdominal 25                   83.33        1           07   –   09         06            20.00
           Hysterectomy                                      2           10   –   12         12            40.00
                                                             3           13   –   15         08            26.67
2          Sub-total                 5          16.67        4           16   –   18         02            06.66
           Abdominal                                         5           19   –   21         02            06.67
           Hysterectomy
                                                             Total                           30           100.00
Total                             30            100          Average stay in hospital = 12 days


      Table – V: Operative and Post-operative                     Table – VII: Quantity of blood available
    complications of Peripartum Hysterectomy                                   for transfusion

No. of Complications                      No. of Percen-     No. of     Quantity of Blood       No. of     Percentage
Groups    Cases                           Cases tage (%)
                                                             Groups     Units (500ml/unit)    Patients (f)    (%)

         Intra Operative Complications
                                                             1                1~2                  08          26.67
1        • Urinary Bladder Injury          04     13.30
2        • Adnexal Bleeding                03     10.00      2                3~4                  16          53.33
3        • Retroperitoneal                 02     06.60
           Haematoma
                                                             3                5~6                  04          13.33

         Postoperative Complications                         4                7~8                  02          06.67
4        • Coagulopathy                    05     16.60
                                                             Total                                 30          100.00
5        • ICU Admission                   04     13.30
                                                             Average blood transfusion = 3.5 units
6        • Pneumonia                       04     13.30

7        • Re Exploration                  03     10.00
                                                                      Table – VIII: Maternal mortality
           Laparotomy
                                                             Total No.        No. of                Mortality
8        • Vaginal Cuff Cellulitis         02     06.60
                                                             of Cases         Deaths              Percentage (%)
9        • Acute Renal Failure             04     13.30

10       • Urinary Tract Infection         12     40.10      30                    2                    6.66

11       • Wound Infection                 05     16.60      Maternal Mortality = 6.66%

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               DISCUSSION                           There were four cases (13%) of bladder injury.
                                                    Maternal mortality was 6% in contrast to
  This study shows uterine rupture as a major       Engelsen23, by Castaneda13 by Zelop CM5. They
indication for emergency peripartum hyster-         reported no maternal deaths in their recent
ectomy followed by uterine atony and abnor-         studies. The high morbidity and mortality is
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