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Uterine tamponade balloon for the management of massive hemorrhage during cesarean section due to placenta previa/increta
1 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, Aretaieion Hospital, Athens (Greece)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2012, 39(2), 255–257;
Published: 10 June 2012
Objective: Uterine tamponade with the Bakri catheter is effectively used as a treatment in postpartum hemorrhage and as a means to prevent fertility. Case: We present a case of a 40-year-old pregnant woman who had a massive hemorrhage during cesarean section who was successfully treated with a tamponade balloon. Furthermore, we comment on a similar technique – Logothetopoulos pack – which was first developed and used in our department in the early years of the previous century. Conclusion: A conservative technique such as the Bakri catheter is an alternative intermediate step to control postpartum hemorrhage when pharmaceutical methods fail and before proceeding to obstetric hysterectomy.