There is paucity of literature on retroperitoneal haemorrhage/haematomas (RH) as these cases are extremely rare in obstetrics. Experience is available mostly from case reports and therefore the incidence of RH in obstetrics is unknown. Literature search in Medline/Pubmed and Google scholar using MeSH; aneurysm, haematoma, haemorrhage, obstetrics and retroperitoneal. This article discusses aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnostic difficulties and dilemmas, as well as misleading symptoms that often mimic common clinical conditions. Management of RH is complex and continues to improve with advancements in the investigative strategies, treatment options and critical care specialty. Further the authors highlight the importance of basic principles of clinical examination, the need for multidisciplinary input and the current trend in the management options.
Retroperitoneal hematoma after cardiac catheterization: prevalence, risk factors, and optimal management
Why mothers die--report on confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom 1994-96
Spontaneous retroperitoneal hematoma from rupture of an aneurysm of the ovarian artery following delivery
Extensive spontaneous retroperitoneal hemorrhage: an unusual complication of heparin anticoagulation during pregnancy
Magnetic resonance imaging of postpartum pelvic hematomas: early experience in diagnosis and treatment planning
Sudden and unexpected death resulting from splenic artery aneurysm rupture: two case reports of pregnancy-related fatal rupture of splenic artery aneurysm
Maternal deaths from anaesthesia. An extract from Why Mothers Die 2000-2002, the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom: Chapter 17: Trends in intensive care
Management of spontaneous and iatrogenic retroperitoneal haemorrhage: conservative management, endovascular intervention or open surgery?
Conservative management of massive puerperal spontaneous onset retroperitoneal psoas muscle haematoma following normal vaginal delivery
Conservative management of a spontaneous retroperitoneal haematoma following caesarean section secondary to an arteriovenous malformation: a rare case
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