Klippel-Trènaunay syndrome is a rare congenital disorder characterised by vascular malformations, which may be exacerbated during pregnancy and pose considerable thromboembolic and haemorrhagic risk for obstetric patients. We report on a patient with this syndrome who underwent elective caesarean section which was indicated due to previous obstetric anal sphincter injury. We describe her multidisciplinary preoperative planning and successful management of major postpartum haemorrhage with uterine compression sutures and intrauterine balloon tamponade (‘uterine sandwich’).
- haematology (incl blood transfusion)
- obstetrics and gynaecology
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EB and HC are joint first authors.
Contributors EB and HC are joint first authors. EB performed literature search and cowrote the paper. HC performed literature search and cowrote the paper. AN provided figure 1 and peer-reviewed the paper. WY performed surgery, was the supervising consultant and cowrote the manuscript.
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