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Cardiac arrest following acute puerperal uterine inversion


Although uterine inversion is a potentially life-threatening complication of childbirth, there are only six case reports of cardiac arrest due to acute inversion to date. We report a successful outcome in a patient with sickle cell disease who had a witnessed cardiac arrest due to acute puerperal uterine inversion. Revival from cardiac arrest and resuscitation was followed by manual repositioning of the uterus. She gradually recovered from the acute kidney injury that developed as sequelae of the cardiac arrest and subsequent circulatory shock. Awareness of this rare complication and timely intervention is the key to a successful outcome in these patients.

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