Outcome of subsequent pregnancies in women with prior uterine rupture

Ohad Houri*, Asaf Romano, Yossi Geron, Gil Zeevi, Eran Hadar, Shiri Barbash-Hazan, Shir Danieli-Gruber

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Objective: To report maternal and neonatal outcomes of subsequent pregnancies in a series of women with a prior uterine rupture. Methods: The records of all 103,542 deliveries (22,286 by cesarean section) performed in a single tertiary medical center from 2009 to 2021 were reviewed. Women with a prior uterine rupture, defined as a separation of the entire thickness of the uterine wall, with extrusion of fetal parts and intra-amniotic contents into the peritoneal cavity documented in the operative report of the previous cesarean delivery or laparotomy, were identified for inclusion in the study. Results: The cohort included 38 women with 50 pregnancies (50 neonates). Women had been scheduled for elective cesarean delivery at early term. Mean gestational age at delivery was 36 + 4 weeks (±5 days). In 7 pregnancies (14 %), spontaneous labor occurred before the scheduled cesarean delivery (at 36 + 6, 35 + 4, 35 + 3, 34 + 6, 34 + 3, 32 + 6 and 31 + 0 gestational weeks). A recurrent uterine scar rupture was found in 4 pregnancies (8 %), and uterine scar dehiscence, in 2 pregnancies (4 %), all identified during elective repeat cesarean delivery. In none of these cases was there a clinical suspicion beforehand; all had good maternal and neonatal outcomes. One parturient with placenta previa-accreta had a planned cesarean hysterectomy. Conclusion: Women with prior uterine rupture have good maternal and neonatal outcomes in subsequent pregnancies when managed at a tertiary medical center, with planned elective term cesarean delivery, or even earlier, at the onset of spontaneous preterm labor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
StatePublished - Jan 2024


  • Adverse outcome
  • Cesarian section
  • Scar dehiscence
  • Uterine rupture


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