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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69-71

Timely 'off-label' use of recombinant activated factor VII (NovoSeven® ) can help in avoiding hysterectomy in intractable obstetric bleeding complicated with disseminated intravascular coagulation: A case report and review of the literature

Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat, Oman

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Pradipta Bhakta
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.93349

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Massive intra-operative bleeding is not an infrequent occurrence in obstetrics. Worldwide obstetric bleeding remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Conventional management of this bleeding consists of resuscitation with fluids, blood, surgical maneuvers, and embolisation of feeding blood vessels. But in most of cases, these measures appear to be ineffective in controlling bleeding. Recently, the 'off-label' use of the recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) concentrate has emerged as promising treatment for such bleeding when conventional measures fail. We came across a similar scenario in which a young lady was admitted with per-vaginal bleeding due to abruptio placentae. In spite of usual surgical and medical interventions, she continued to bleed. rFVIIa was administered as a desperate measure to avoid hysterectomy and the bleeding could be stopped. She recovered successfully without any complication. Thus, the timely use of rFVIIa, hence, can be used to save life and fertility in cases of intractable obstetric bleeding.

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