Prophylactic temporary abdominal aorta balloon occlusion in women with placenta previa accretism during late gestation

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To evaluate the clinical efficacy of prophylactic temporary balloon occlusion of the abdominal aorta in patients with placenta previa accretism during cesarean section.


Twenty-three consecutive patients, prenatally confirmed with placenta previa accretism were retrospectively analyzed in our center from August 2012 to October 2014. All 23 subjects underwent cesarean section with prophylactic balloon occlusion of the abdominal aorta.


All of the 23 subjects experienced singleton pregnancies leading to the birth of live infants. Of these subjects, the following problems were diagnosed: placenta accrete (n = 10), placenta increte (n = 10), and placenta precrete (n = 3). Mean intraoperative hemorrhage was 1170.0 mL. Fifteen patients received red blood cell transfusion with a mean transfusion volume of 2.3 units. The incidence of hysterectomy was 21.74% (5/23) with blood loss ranging from 2000 to 5000 mL (mean 3360.0 mL). One complication encountered in this retrospective study was lower extremity arterial thrombosis. Eighteen patients were followed-up by telephone to 14 months following discharge, all babies were noted to be healthy.


Prophylactic abdominal aorta balloon occlusion (ABO) was relatively safe in the treatment of patients with placenta previa accretism. This approach could represent a key aspect in a multidisciplinary algorithm in reducing hemorrhage in abnormal placentation.

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