Balloon tamponade in the management of postpartum haemorrhage: a review
Article first published online: 23 APR 2009
© 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2009 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 116, Issue 6, pages 748–757, May 2009
How to Cite
Georgiou, C. (2009), Balloon tamponade in the management of postpartum haemorrhage: a review. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 748–757. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02113.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2009
- Accepted 31 December 2008.
- Balloon tamponade;
- postpartum haemorrhage;
Obstetric haemorrhage is a significant contributor to worldwide maternal morbidity and mortality. Guidelines for the management of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) involve a stepwise escalation of pharmacological and eventual surgical approaches. The method of uterine tamponade using balloons has recently been added to the armamentarium for managing PPH. There are various balloons available including the Bakri, Foley, Sengstaken–Blakemore, Rusch and condom catheter. This paper reviews these uterine tamponade technologies in the management of PPH.