Post-cesarean adhesions-are they a unique entity?
Source: Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, Volume 21, Number 8, 2008 , pp. 513-516(4)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Objective. The connection between adhesions and post-operative symptoms is well established. Adhesions are found in nearly half of the women at the time of their repeat cesarean section. For the first time a prospective pilot study has been done in order to evaluate the clinical significance of post-cesarean adhesions. Study design. Fifty women who underwent cesarean section in their first pregnancy were interviewed prior to their repeat operation regarding their symptoms after the first surgery. The clinical history was correlated with the findings during the second intervention. Results. No correlation was found between the clinical symptoms and the operative findings regarding abdominal pains, urinary symptoms, dyspareunia, or dysmenorrhea. Surprisingly, although non-significant, women with adhesions reported fewer postoperative gastrointestinal symptoms than the women with no adhesions. Conclusion. More studies will have to been done, but the analysis of this pilot study supports the hypothesis that adhesions following cesarean section are a unique entity.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: The New European Surgical Academy (NESA), Berlin, Germany 2: HELIOS Hospital Erfurt, Germany 3: HELIOS Hospital Schkeuditz, Germany 4: HELIOS Hospital Aue, Germany 5: The New European Surgical Academy (NESA) and the University Hospital Monteluce, Perugia, Italy
Publication date: January 1, 2008