The effect of placental elasticity on intraoperative bleeding in pregnant women with previous cesarean section

Harun Egemen TolunayORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8922-4400, Hasan Eroğlu
  • Perinatology Department, Etlik Zubeyde Hanim Women’s Health Care, Training and Research Hospital, 06010 Ankara, Turkey
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, Onur Kaya
  • Perinatology Department, Etlik Zubeyde Hanim Women’s Health Care, Training and Research Hospital, 06010 Ankara, Turkey
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, Dilek Şahin
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and Aykan Yücel
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Abstract

Background

We aimed to evaluate the efficiency of placental elasticity in predicting the amount of intraoperative bleeding via real-time tissue elastography technique.

Methods

Pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy who had planned delivery via cesarean section due to the recurrent cesareans were enrolled in the research (n = 78). Elastographic measurements of placental tissues of all cases were carried out by real-time elastographic ultrasonography. It is a tissue elastography software (Esaote MyLabSeven) that uses a 8-1-MHz multifrequency AC2541 Probe.

Results

A significant relationship was found between placental elasticity and intraoperative bleeding. There was a significant correlation between alterations in the preoperative and postoperative hemoglobin (Hb) and hematocrit (Hct) levels and placental strain ratio (SR) (P < 0.001, r: 0.831; P < 0.001, r: 0.733, respectively).

Conclusion

These findings may reflect an alteration at the tissue elasticity level. We hope that the use of real-time elastographic ultrasonography technique may give an idea about the amount of bleeding during the cesarean section.

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