The Use of the Foley Catheter in Controlling Severe Uterine Haemorrhage in Gynaecological Practice

  • Justus N. Eze Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu
  • Gabriel C. Iloabachie Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu
  • Hyacinth E. Onah Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu

Abstract

Three patients with severe uterine bleeding were managed successfully by intracavitary insertion and distension of Foley catheter balloons. Blood transfusion was averted in the first patient and reduced to 2 units in the second, while imminent maternal death was prevented in the third case. The availability of the Foley catheter and minimal requirements for its use, coupled with lack of untoward effects in cases managed, make the procedure a useful one.

Key Words: Uterus, Haemorrhage, Foley Catheter.

[Trop J Obstet Gynaecol, 2002, 19: 44-46]
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