Secondary postpartum hemorrhage: a review of the literature

  • Tihana Galic Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
  • Maja Brkic Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
  • Kosjenka Dermit Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
  • Ivona Plese Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
  • Marta Orlovic Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
  • Ana Marija Krznaric Lovosevic Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
  • Vladimir Blagaic Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Hospital „Sveti Duh“, Zagreb
Keywords: puerperium, secondary postpartum hemorrhage

Abstract

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) may occur shortly after delivery or, less often, days later. The most common causes of secondary PPH are retained products of conception, subinvolution of the placental bed, and/or infection. The etiology of secondary postpartum hemorrhage is diverse and management is dependent on identifying the cause and tailoring treatment appropriately. The main aims of treatment are to provide basic resuscitation, establish a cause for the bleeding, and tailor the treatment (medical and/or surgical) according to the cause. Sometimes the cause cannot be determined. Surgical procedures (dilation and curettage, suction curettage) are often effective when medical management fails.

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Published
2017-09-30
How to Cite
Galic, T., Brkic, M., Dermit, K., Plese, I., Orlovic, M., Krznaric Lovosevic, A. M., & Blagaic, V. (2017, September 30). Secondary postpartum hemorrhage: a review of the literature. BioMedicine and Surgery, 1(3), 138-140. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1219223
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Review