Objective: To evaluate the incidence of ultrasonographically-diagnosed postcesarean hematomas and correlate their presence with febrile morbidity. Methods: Prospective study of 111 consecutive patients who had a pelvic ultrasound 4-6 days post-operatively. Ultrasonographic findings were correlated with clinical data. Results: Postoperative fever was diagnosed in 28 (25%) patients. Fifteen (13.5%) women had hematomas; 10 (9%) had bladder- flap and five (4.5%) had subfascial hematomas. Only subfascial hematomas were significantly associated with post-operative fever (P = 0.01). Conclusions: Postcesarean bladder-flap hematomas are not predictive of post-operative fever. The presence of subfascial hematomas should be specifically sought in the evaluation of a febrile postcesarean patient.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics|
|State||Published - 1 Apr 1999|
- Cesarean section
- Febrile morbidity