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Mourad W.S.,University of Missouri - Kansas City | Bersano D.J.,Truman Medical Center Lakewood | Greenspan P.B.,University of Missouri - Kansas City | Harper D.M.,University of Louisville
BMJ Case Reports | Year: 2015

Intrapartum uterine rupture is a true obstetrical emergency. Uterine rupture is associated with severe maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. It is rare in the unscarred uterus of a primigravida. A 23-year-old primigravida with an unscarred uterus was admitted with preterm prelabour rupture of membranes at 36+4 weeks of gestation. Abnormal fetal heart monitoring, associated with acute onset of severe abdominopelvic pain, developed on admission. Rupture occurred prior to onset of regular uterine contractions and in the absence of any interventional oxytocin. The neonate had evidence of severe acidosis despite emergency caesarean delivery. This case highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for uterine rupture, even in the unlikely setting of a primigravida with an unscarred uterus. © 2015 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

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