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Aim: To evaluate the effect of 2-way Foley's catheter balloon tamponade on controlling immediate postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in cases of major placenta previa during cesarean section (CS).

Methods: We evaluated women with placenta previa from May to November 2015. Women with immediate PPH during CS due to major placenta previa were managed by 2-way Foley's catheter balloon tamponade when medical treatment failed, and before any surgical intervention.

Results: Twenty patients, had major placenta previa, were delivered by elective CS and complicated by immediate PPH. Three placenta accreta patients (15%) underwent hysterectomy, 17 (85%) were managed by the 2-way Foley's catheter balloon tamponade. In two patients, Foley's catheter balloon failed to control bleeding and hysterectomy was done immediately. However, Foley's catheter balloon successfully treated the remaining 15 patients. The median bleeding during the operation was 1522.5 (± 619.29) ml. None of them presented complications related to this procedure or required any further invasive surgery.

Conclusion: The 2-way Foley's catheter tamponade could be an option to control immediate postpartum hemorrhage resulting from major placenta previa during the cesarean section. This method is simple, cheap, nearly non-invasive and should be considered to reduce the risk of peripartum hysterectomy.


Balloon tamponade, cesarean section, Foley's catheter, placenta previa, postpartum hemorrhage.

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