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Trauma During Pregnancy: Outcomes and Clinical Management

CHAMES, MARK C. MD; PEARLMAN, MARK D. MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816f2aa7
Societal Factors in Pregnancy: Why Worry?
Abstract

Trauma affects up to 6% to 7% of all pregnancies, and accounts for up to 46% of maternal death. Adverse consequences such as preterm labor and delivery, abruptio, fetomaternal hemorrhage, and fetal demise may be seen with even apparently minor degrees of injury. Maternal physiologic considerations are reviewed and a protocol for evaluation and management of the injured gravida is presented.

Author Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Correspondence: Mark D. Pearlman, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. E-mail: Pearlman@umich.edu

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.