Digital gangrene following primary postpartum haemorrhage

  • TA Fakoya
  • OAO Oloyede
  • AM Alayo
  • J Sotunsa


Digital gangrene is an uncommon complication following primary post partum heamorrhage. We report in this case, digital gangrene occurring in a 39 years old woman with history of long standing hypertension. The possible predisposing factor was arterial injury which could have resulted from the hypertension or the hypotension that followed the severe postpartum haemorrhage. The patient experienced progressive pain and swelling of the left hand, which eventually became gangrenous. Colour doppler was confirmatory. Early and appropriate interventions are encouraged in patients with similar presentation.

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