Perimortem cesarean section

Thomas H. Strong, Robert A. Lowe

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Perimortem cesarean section probably represents an underem-phasized procedure on the skills list of the emergency physician. Although fraught with emotional and medicolegal overtones, the procedure can yield viable infants in at least 15% of cases and occasionally alters maternal hemodynamics so as to restore the pulse in a clinically dead woman. This article reviews the physiology and hemodynamics of the maternal-fetal unit and discusses prognostic factors for the survival of healthy mother and infant, leading to recommendations for when to perform a perimortem cesarean section. The article then describes the technical aspects of the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-494
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1989


  • Pregnancy
  • cardiac arrest
  • cesarian section
  • perinatology
  • resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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