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Successful treatment of total placenta previa by multidisciplinary therapy in a Jehovah’s Witness patient who refused blood transfusions
  1. Sayaka Tachi,
  2. Noriko Yoneda,
  3. Satoshi Yoneda,
  4. Shigeru Saito
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Professor Shigeru Saito, s30saito{at}


A 35-year-old Jehovah’s Witness patient with total placenta previa was referred to our hospital at 30 weeks of gestation. She refused autologous and allogeneic blood transfusions, but agreed to receive acute normovolaemic haemodilution, intraoperative blood salvage and biological products. At 35 weeks, she underwent emergent caesarean delivery because of labour pains. Multidisciplinary therapy, including the insertion of balloon catheters into the bilateral common iliac arteries, acute normovolaemic haemodilution and intraoperative blood salvage, avoided hysterectomy; however, blood loss included amniotic fluid which was estimated to be 1910 mL. These treatments may be effective for total placenta previa in blood-refusal patients.

  • obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility
  • anaesthesia
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  • Contributors ST and NY: drafting the case report. SY and SS: revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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