Puerperal hematoma combined with retroperitoneal dissection and obstructive uropathy

Wei Hsi Chang, Chi Kung Lin, Yung Jong Chiang, Chi Huang Chen

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Following an otherwise complicated vaginal delivery, puerperal hematomas extending into the retroperitoneum and accompanying obstructive uropathy require surgical intervention. Immediately following vaginal delivery, a 24-year-old woman (G2P2) developed a postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) with formation of a right puerperal vulvovaginal hematoma. Bilateral flank pain occurred as the bleeding continued. A large retroperitoneal hematoma with obstructive uropathy developed, accompanied by hemodynamic instability. Ligation of the hypogastric artery and decompression of the ureters bilaterally was performed, with dramatic relief of the symptoms. Such puerperal hematomas associated with concealed bleeding into the retroperitoneal cavity and ureteral compression require surgical intervention. They should be managed with caution, given their potential progression into the retroperitoneal cavity with excruciating pain, ureteral compression and massive accumulation of blood. Hypogastric artery ligation and early evacuation of blood clots by laparotomy is the treatment of choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Hypogastric artery ligation
  • Obstructive uropathy
  • Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)
  • Puerperal hematoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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