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Uterine inversion & cord prolapse

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Uterine inversion & cord prolapse

  1. 1. UTERINE INVERSION
  2. 2. Definition: Descent of uterine fundus into the cavity, through cervix or even vulva Rare event (1 in 10000 pregnancies)
  3. 3. Risk factors:  Mismanagement of 3rd stage of labor: uterus not contract, violent cough  Strong traction on umbilical cord with excessive fundal pressure  Abnormal adherent of the placenta  Uterine anomalies  Fundal implantation on the placenta  Short cord  Previous uterine inversion
  4. 4. Sign & Symptoms:  Haemorrhage (94%)  Severe abdominal pain in 3rd stage  Hypotension with bradycardia: shock out of proportion to the blood loss (neurogenic due to increased vagal tone)  Uterine fundus not palpable abdominally  Mass in the vagina on vaginal examination.
  5. 5. Management of uterine inversion Uterine Inversion Remove placenta Oxytocic infusion (40 units/500mls NS) Antibiotics observe O’Sullivan hydrostatic method -dependent part replace into vagina -5L or more physiological solution deposited onto posterior fornix -assistant create water tight seal Manual reduction -apply pressure to dependent part of uterus -simultaneous pressing with other hand on other part which inverted last GA/ stabilize patient UTERUS REPLACED Immediate replacement Resuscitate, IV access, fluids/ bolus replacement NOYES
  6. 6. CORD PROLAPSE
  7. 7. Definition:  Cord prolapse has been defined as the descent of the umbilical cord through the cervix alongside (occult) or past the presenting part (overt) in the presence of ruptured membranes.  Cord presentation is the presence of the umbilical cord between the fetal presenting part and the cervix, with or without membrane rupture. Source: RCOG, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, 2008)
  8. 8. Background:  Cases of cord prolapse appear consistently in perinatal mortality enquiries, and one large study found a perinatal mortality rate of 91/1000.1  Prematurity and congenital malformations account for the majority of adverse outcomes associated with cord prolapse in hospital settings but birth asphyxia is also associated with cord prolapse.  Perinatal death has been described with normally formed term babies, particularly with planned home birth. Delay in transfer to hospital appears to be an important contributing factor.  Asphyxia may also result in hypoxic–ischaemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.  The principal causes of asphyxia in this context are thought to be cord compression and umbilical arterial vasospasm preventing venous and arterial blood flow to and from the fetus.  There is a paucity of long-term follow-up data of babies born alive after cord prolapse in both hospital and community settings. Source: RCOG, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, 2008)
  9. 9. What are the risk factors for cord prolapse? Source: RCOG, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, 2008)
  10. 10. Diagnosis:  Cord presentation and prolapse may occur without outward physical signs and with a normal fetal heart rate pattern.  The cord should be examined for at every vaginal examination in labour and after spontaneous rupture of membranes if risk factors are present or if cardiotocographic abnormalities commence soon thereafter.  With spontaneous rupture of membranes in the presence of a normal fetal heart rate patterns and the absence of risk factors for cord prolapse, routine vaginal examination is not indicated if the liquor is clear.  Cord prolapse should be suspected where there is an abnormal fetal heart rate pattern (bradycardia, variable decelerations etc), particularly if such changes commence soon after membrane rupture, spontaneously or with amniotomy. Source: RCOG, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, 2008)
  11. 11. Management: Source: RCOG, Umbilical Cord Prolapse, 2008)
  12. 12. Prevention:  Anticipate cord prolapse in those with risk  Stabilizing induction if polyhydramnios or high presentation part.  No ARM if presenting part is unengaged or mobile or in cord presentation  Early admission for breech presentation, abnormal lie, and polyhydramnios  Bradycardia or variable fetal heart rate deceleration -> prompt VE or speculum examination

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