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Perinatal Outcomes of Traumatic Injuries During Pregnancy


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: September 2007 - Volume 50 - Issue 3 - p 582-591
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31811eab82
Prevention of Birth Injuries

Traumatic injuries although uncommon (affect 6% to 7% of all pregnancies) are associated with poor maternal, fetal, neonatal, and infant outcomes. The magnitude of the problem is most likely largely underestimated secondary to lack of standardized reporting. Newer data are available that stratify maternal risk by type of injury sustained, and may assist in evaluation of the pregnant trauma victim. Long-term adverse events after maternal discharge for a traumatic injury are emerging, and suggest closer monitoring of the patient for preterm labor, growth restriction, and placental abruption during the affected pregnancy.

North Shore University Hospital, New York University, Manhasset, New York

Correspondence: Dina El Kady, MD, North Shore University Hospital, New York University, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, New York 11030. E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.