Delayed postpartum hemorrhage: A rare presentation of carbon monoxide poisoning

Patrick S. Ramsey, Lane M. Meyer, Kirk D. Ramin, Robert H. Heise

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A 41-year-old woman presented with postpartum hemorrhage and altered mentation. A markedly elevated serum carboxyhemoglobin level was noted. Oxygen therapy was initiated with resolution of the patient's bleeding and improved mental status. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a rare and previously unreported cause of postpartum hemorrhage resulting from a unique pathophysiologic mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-244
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Hypoxia
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Pregnancy
  • Uterine atony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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