Clandestine abortion causing uterine perforation and bowel infarction in a rural area: a case report and brief review

Sama, Carlson B., Aminde, Leopold Ndemnge and Angwafo, Fru F. (2016) Clandestine abortion causing uterine perforation and bowel infarction in a rural area: a case report and brief review. BMC Research Notes, 9 1: . doi:10.1186/s13104-016-1926-5


Author Sama, Carlson B.
Aminde, Leopold Ndemnge
Angwafo, Fru F.
Title Clandestine abortion causing uterine perforation and bowel infarction in a rural area: a case report and brief review
Journal name BMC Research Notes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1756-0500
Publication date 2016-02-16
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1186/s13104-016-1926-5
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 1
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: An unsafe abortion is defined as a procedure for terminating an unintended pregnancy carried out either by a person lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards or both. Majority of these unsafe abortions are carried out in rural areas of developing countries, usually by unskilled persons who do not have proper knowledge of the anatomy of reproductive organs and in unhygienic environments thus leading to various complications.

Case presentation: We discuss the case of a 21 year old female who presented in septic shock after she underwent an unsafe abortion of an 11 weeks pregnancy with uterine wall perforation and bowel injury that required resection.

Conclusion: Unsafe abortion is an important public health problem which accounts for a significant cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in resource poor countries. A high index of suspicion of clandestine abortion with ensuing complications should prevail when faced with a woman of child bearing age with the triad of vaginal bleeding, amenorrhea and pelvic sepsis.
Keyword Bowel injury
Cameroon
Rural
Unsafe abortion
Uterine perforation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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