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What is a uterine rupture, and is it dangerous?

During childbirth, many things can go wrong. Even with today's advanced technology, women are at risk of developing life-threatening complications. One of those complications is a uterine rupture.

A uterine rupture occurs when the uterus tears. It can happen during birth or spontaneously during pregnancy. It's a rare complication, but it can be life-threatening.

What are some common causes of a uterine rupture?

Some common causes of uterine ruptures include:

  • Uterine overdistension
  • Labor dystocia with excessive uterine contractions
  • Excessive use of uterotonics
  • Latrogenic perforation
  • Internal or external fetal version

The use of prostaglandins is generally ill-advised for those who have had previous Cesarean-section deliveries. That's because they can lead to a higher risk of uterine rupture.

What are the signs of a uterine rupture?

Some signs include:

  • Hypovolemia
  • Severe, constant abdominal pain
  • A fetus that has been expelled from the uterus into the peritoneal cavity

A medical provider will determine if a uterine rupture has occurred through a laparotomy. If the uterine rupture is present, then an immediate C-section is needed to deliver the child, and a hysterectomy may be required.

If you suffer from severe abdominal pain during pregnancy and you are not checked out for a uterine rupture, you could lose your child or even your life. Medical providers are trained to look for this rare, but serious, complication. If you are treated, but you lose your child as a result of delays or problems with your care, then it's important to talk to an attorney. Medical mistakes should not be taken lightly, and medical providers can be held responsible.

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