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Case Report of Traumatic Uterine Rupture in a Multigravida Woman with Emergency Department Cesarean Section


Introduction: Uterine ruptures in blunt trauma are an extremely rare complication. Furthermore, while perimortem cesarean sections in cardiac arrest patients are a well-established practice in emergency medicine, cesarean sections in the emergency department are rarely performed on non-arresting patients.

Case Report: A multigravida woman at approximately 24 weeks gestation presented as a transfer from an outside hospital after a motor vehicle collision. Upon arriving to our facility, she underwent an emergency cesarean section in the trauma bay and was found to have a uterine rupture with the fetus free floating in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen.

Conclusion: Uterine rupture is a rare but important complication of blunt abdominal trauma in pregnant patients. Resuscitative cesarean sections may be necessary for favorable outcomes. A well prepared and diversified team was essential to maternal survival.

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