Uterine inversion due to a leiomyoma on postpartum day 41: A case report

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, Japan.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research (Impact Factor: 0.93). 07/2011; 37(7):897-900. DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2010.01420.x
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Uterine leiomyomas are common tumors in women of reproductive age and are frequently detected during pregnancy. The major complications during pregnancy include abortion, preterm delivery, abruptio placentae, intrauterine growth retardation, dystocia, and postpartum hemorrhage. Little attention is given to uterine leiomyomas postpartum compared to leiomyomas prior to childbirth. In the present case, a 27-year-old woman, gravida 1 para 1, presented with massive vaginal bleeding, urinary retention and lower abdominal pain on postpartum day 41. She was diagnosed with uterine inversion due to leiomyoma. After a vaginal myomectomy, the uterus was re-placed with a combined vaginal and abdominal approach. Because of timely medical intervention, the patient managed to overcome the crisis and her reproductive organs were successfully preserved.

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