Delivery complicated by postpartum hemorrhage and lower extremity compartment syndrome

Benjamin D. Byers, Phaelon H. Silva, Edward R. Kost

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BACKGROUND: Extremity compartment syndrome is a rare surgical complication in which increased intracompartmental pressure threatens the viability of the muscular and nervous tissue. We report a case of a delivery complicated by postpartum hemorrhage and a lower extremity compartment syndrome. CASE: A multigravida in her late 20s was admitted for induction of labor at 41 weeks of gestation. She underwent a cesarean delivery for a nonreassuring fetal heart rate tracing. The delivery was complicated by severe postpartum hemorrhage due to uterine atony, resulting in a cesarean hysterectomy. The patient developed a lower extremity compartment syndrome and underwent an emergent anterior tibial fasciotomy. CONCLUSION: Extremity compartment syndrome is rarely encountered in obstetric care; however, there may be an association with severe postpartum hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-509
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2 PART 2 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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