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Cesarean Childbirth (cont.)

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Media file 1: Closure of the uterine and abdominal incisions after a low transverse cesarean section. Blood loss during the average cesarean section is substantial—on the order of 500-1000 mL.
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Media file 2: High-risk uterine incisions have a high risk of uterine rupture with additional pregnancies. Consequently, these women are not candidates for future vaginal deliveries. Occasionally, a T-shaped incision is required. Women with a T-shaped incision carry the same risks as women with a vertical uterine incision with respect to future risk of uterine rupture.
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REFERENCE: Cesarean Delivery

Previous contributing coauthors and editors: Coauthor(s): Ram Duriseti, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center. Editors: Jerry Balentine, DO, Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Medical Director, Saint Barnabas Hospital; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Lee P Shulman, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Head, Section of Reproductive Genetics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

Last Editorial Review: 10/26/2012

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Cesarean delivery is defined as the delivery of a fetus through a surgical incision through the abdominal wall (laparotomy) and uterine wall (hysterotomy).

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