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Uterine Rupture

By

Julie S. Moldenhauer

, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Last full review/revision Jul 2021| Content last modified Jul 2021
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Uterine rupture is a spontaneous tearing open of the uterus that may result in the fetus floating in the abdomen.

Rupture of the uterus is very rare. It is an emergency requiring immediate treatment.

The uterus can rupture before or during labor.

The following increase the risk of uterine rupture:

Rupture causes severe, constant pain in the abdomen and an abnormally slow heart rate in the fetus.

To confirm the diagnosis of a ruptured uterus, doctors may make an incision in the abdomen so that they can directly view the uterus. This procedure is called a laparotomy.

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