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Chapter 13 - Caesarean Section Including Uterine Rupture and Full Dilatation Caesarean Deliveries

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 April 2022

Swati Jha
Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
Eloise Power
Sergeants’ Inn, London
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During the claimant’s delivery, labour was obstructed and a caesarean section (CS) performed by the registrar. The claimant’s head was deeply impacted in the maternal pelvis and it was alleged that in the course of delivering and freeing the head, there was significant damage resulting in a depressed fracture of the skull and a subgaleal haemorrhage (bleeding between the scalp and the skull) as well as intracranial haemorrhage (bleeding into the cavern of the skull). These in turn caused permanent brain damage. It was claimed that this trauma was due to the use of undue force that was unnecessary for the purpose.

Lessons from Medicolegal Cases in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Improving Clinical Practice
, pp. 165 - 178
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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