Obstetric and Gynecologic Emergencies: A Review of Indications and Interventional Techniques

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There are many interventional techniques that can be used to aid the obstetrician or gynecologist in caring for their patients in the acute setting. Embolization can be life saving in the case of postpartum hemorrhage. Bleeding related to cervical cancer or the threat of bleeding from cervical ectopic pregnancy is amenable to embolization as is hemorrhage related to uterine arteriovenous malformations. Postpartum women are also at a uniquely high risk for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli and may benefit from consultation and treatment by an interventional radiologist. The goal of this article is to discuss the valuable role that the interventional radiologist plays in the treatment of these obstetric and gynecologic conditions.

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