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Are you at risk for a uterine rupture?

Expecting mothers in Maryland have a lot to prepare for. If you're pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you'll want to know as much about your medical history as possible. In doing so, you will know your risks for certain pregnancy complications or birth disorders. This can help you take precautionary measures to avoid catastrophic situations.

One such potential situation is described by MedScape as a uterine rupture, which can be potentially fatal to both you and your child. In a case of uterine rupture, the uterine wall is disrupted fully, or split all the way through. Not only can this result in intense uterine bleeding, but it will also cause the expulsion or protrusion of the fetus into the abdominal cavity. This results in an immediate need for a cesarean section, and a hysterectomy or uterine repair.

Uterine ruptures can occur both in an unscarred uterus or a uterus that bears scars from previous surgeries. The complete rupture of a scarred or unscarred uterus is significantly less common than the scar being separated or disrupted, which is called a uterine scar dehiscence.

Risk factors include a number of different things. Typically, medical staff will observe the following:

  • The age of the patient
  • The history of their past pregnancies, if any
  • If the gestation period has lasted over 40 weeks
  • Their labor status
  • If there has been direct trauma to the uterus such as the abdomen being hit

It should be noted that regardless of whether you have a scarred or native uterus, the chances of uterine rupture occurring at all are actually quite low, with only .07% of pregnancies suffering from the condition.

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Michael H. Bereston, Inc.
138 Main Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 2990
Annapolis, MD 21401

Maryland: 410-793-4554
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