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Maternal Coagulation Disorders and Postpartum Hemorrhage

SILVER, ROBERT M. MD; MAJOR, HEATHER MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181cef930
Postpartum Hemorrhage
Abstract

Disorders of coagulation are relatively uncommon as a sole cause of postpartum hemorrhage. Coagulation disturbances should be suspected in patients with a family history of such abnormalities and patients with a history of menorrhagia. Clinical circumstances may also suggest coagulation defect as a cause of postpartum hemorrhage. Diagnosis of a coagulation disorder often requires a high index of suspicion and should not be overlooked in the evaluation of obstetric hemorrhage.

Author Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Correspondence: Robert M. Silver, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah Medical Center, 50 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. E-mail: heather.major@hsc.utah.edu

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