BACKGROUND:Intrauterine balloon tamponade is recommended for refractory postpartum hemorrhage resulting from atony, but few studies have assessed complications associated with placement.CASE:A 39-year-old woman, gravida 4 para 1, with posterior placenta previa and suspected placenta accreta had a postpartum hemorrhage after a scheduled cesarean delivery. An intrauterine balloon tamponade device was easily placed transcervically; however, the patient required additional analgesia for constant severe stabbing pain worsened on examination. Three hours after placement, the balloon was expelled from the cervix, resulting in 1,500 mL of fresh blood and clot. Emergent exploratory laparotomy identified a uterine rupture inferior and lateral to the hysterotomy site.CONCLUSION:Intrauterine balloon tamponade may contribute to iatrogenic uterine rupture and should be considered in patients with refractory hemorrhage, hemodynamic instability, or severe pain despite analgesia.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology