Study predicts uterine rupture in caesarean births

A new study is able to predict which caesarean births could lead to uterine rupture in women.

Researchers from Universite Laval in Calgary studied 236 women who had a caesarean delivery and measured the lower uterine segment (LUS) thickness at 35 and 38 weeks of gestation.

Analysis found a link between the risk of uterine rupture during a caesarean and LUS thickness.

Of the women monitored, three cases of compete uterine rupture and six cases of uterine scar dehiscence were reported.

Dr Emmanuel Bujold, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine at the learning establishment, said there is "growing concern" about the increase in caesarean births as "they are associated with higher rates of maternal and infant complications".

She added: "The study results will help us predict, for patients who have given birth through caesarean section before, which ones are at high risk for uterine rupture during labour in a subsequent pregnancy."

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