Postpartum Haemorrhage and Retained Products of Conception Postnatal

  • Stephen O. PorterEmail author


Postpartum haemorrhage is one of the major causes of maternal death worldwide. These deaths are eminently preventable. This obstetric emergency requires prompt recognition and escalation employing a multi-disciplinary approach to management. Patients should be resuscitated aggressively with replacement of blood and clotting factors. Clinicians need to be aware of the physiological response of blood loss in pregnant women who will compensate until a relatively late stage in a haemorrhage scenario. Secondary postpartum haemorrhage is a major cause of litigation especially with respect to retained placental tissue following both vaginal and caesarean deliveries. Imaging of the postpartum uterus may not be straight forward and present diagnostic challenges.


Post-partum haemorrhage Obstetric haemorhage Retained products of conception Retained placenta 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Airedale NHS Foundation TrustKeighleyUK

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