In Utero Cord Ligation-Strangulation of Fetus and Abruptio Placentae - A Rare Coincidence

  • SA Uzoigwe Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, P.M.B 6173, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • BO Omoregie Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, P.M.B 6173, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • SD Fubara Department of Anatomical Pathology, University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, P.M.B 6173, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
Keywords: -strangulation, umbilical cord, intrauterine fetal death, abruptio placentae

Abstract

This is a case report of a 34-year old multipara, who was admitted into the labour ward of the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) with concealed abruptio placentae and intrauterine fetal death at a gestational age of 37 weeks. She delivered a female fresh stillbirth weighing 2850g with a ligation-strangulation loop of umbilical cord round the neck twice.
This case highlights the possibility of abruptio placentae by in-utero ligation-strangulation of the fetus.
Key words: ligation-strangulation, umbilical cord, intrauterine fetal death, abruptio placentae.
Nigerian Medical Practitioner Vol.47(1-2) 2005: 12-13
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