n South African Journal of Surgery - Trauma in reproductive-age women : letter to the editor

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Extracted from text ... Letter to the Editor SAJS To the Editor: I read with interest the article by Daponte et al.,1 which discusses the effect of maternal trauma on pregnancy outcome, and provides guidelines for obstetric and surgical management of pregnant trauma victims. Trauma in a parturient remains the leading cause of non-pregnancy-related maternal death, and maternal death remains the most common cause of fetal demise.2 The most common aetiologies of trauma in pregnancy include transportation accidents and falls. Sadly, the recent literature documenting surgical, obstetric and anaesthetic management of pregnant trauma victims is very limited. The pregnant trauma victim presents a unique spectrum of challenges to the health care team. However, pregnancy may not always ..

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