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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 157-162

Recombinant factor VIIa in post-partum hemorrhage: A new weapon in obstetrician's armamentarium


Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Air Force Hospital, Nathu Singh Road, Kanpur Cantt., India

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Navneet Magon
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Air Force Hospital, Nathu Singh Road, Kanpur Cantt.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.94938

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Post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) is a life-threatening obstetric complication and the leading cause of maternal death. The usual manner for its management includes, first, noninvasive and nonsurgical methods, and, then invasive and surgical methods. However, mortality and morbidity related to PPH still remains unacceptably high, contributing to hysterectomy in at least 50% of cases. Early, effective, and preferably noninvasive treatments that can reduce maternal mortality and morbidity due to this entity are therefore essential. One of the most spectacular advancements in the control of PPH has been the use of recombinant activated factor (rFVIIa), both as initial and a life- and uterus-saving therapy. rFVIIa also reduces costs of therapy and use of blood components in massive PPH. In cases of intractable bleeding with no other obvious indications for hysterectomy, administration of rFVIIa should be considered before surgery. A MEDLINE search was done to review relevant articles in English literature on use of rFVIIa in PPH. Data were constructed and issues were reviewed from there. Our experience in a series of three cases of PPH, two of atonic and one of traumatic, successfully managed using rFVIIa is also shared.


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