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Maternal Coagulation Disorders and Postpartum Hemorrhage

SILVER, ROBERT M. MD; MAJOR, HEATHER MD

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: March 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 1 - p 252-264
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181cef930
Postpartum Hemorrhage

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.

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

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.