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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-19

Review: The third stage of labour-A time bomb!!

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
2 Kenechuhwu Specialist Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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U I Nwagha
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu
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The third stage of labour can present with very serious complications which may lead to severe morbidity or mortality unless prompt and decisive action is taken. Post partum haemorrhage (PPH) is the commonest third stage complication and a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in our environment. This review is aimed at revisiting the predisposing factors to post partum haemorrhage. It also emphasizes the prophylactic, immediate and further management of emergent cases. Apart from refreshing our memories on the recent techniques of management where state of the art facilities are available, it also provides alternative non sophisticated methods that can be life saving.. Management of PPH in some religious sects like the Jehovah's witness and Faith healers are also highlighted.

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