Uterine-preserving emergency surgery for cesarean scar pregnancies: another medical solution to an iatrogenic problem

Reuvit Halperin, David Schneider, Sonia Mendlovic, Moty Pansky, Arie Herman, Ron Maymon

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Abstract

Objective: To supplement existing cases of cesarean scar pregnancy presenting as acute conditions. All of the study women had been treated by a conservative surgical approach. Design: Retrospective study. Setting: Department of obstetrics/gynecology of a tertiary referral center. Patient(s): We identified six pregnant women at 7-15 weeks' gestation who underwent emergency laparotomy and uterine-preserving surgery. Four of them were initially treated by uterine curettage because of misdiagnosed intrauterine pregnancies. The other two experienced failed methotrexate treatment. Intervention(s): All patients underwent a similar surgical technique while actively bleeding. This included laparotomy and ligation of bilateral uterine arteries, followed by wedge resection of the entire pregnancy in scar. The uterus was sutured in two layers. Main Outcome Measure(s): All the reported women in our series had been cured and their uteruses have been preserved. Result(s): There was an inadvertent injury to the bladder in one case, which was immediately repaired, and blood transfusion was required in two other cases. The postoperative course was uneventful for all the patients. One of the patients has already spontaneously conceived and she had an ongoing normal pregnancy at the time of writing. Conclusion(s): This small case series emphasizes that uterine-preserving surgery is an optional management for cesarean scar pregnancies presenting as acute conditions, cases resistant to medical treatment, or for women at advanced gestation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2623-2627
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume91
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emergency
  • pregnancy in scar
  • sonography
  • surgery
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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