Tawam treats scar pregnancy patient
Al Ain, September 12, 2012
Tawam Hospital has reported that a patient with a rare case of cesarean scar live pregnancy has been treated successfully by a team of highly qualified Tawam physicians and discharged three days following the surgery.
Cesarean scar pregnancy is a rare type of ectopic pregnancy which is implanted in the scar of previous caesarean sections. It has a prevalence rate of 1 in 2,500 pregnant women.
An ultrasound at the hospital in affiliation with John Hopkins Medicine confirmed the patient’s 10-week live fetus within the scar, a statement from Tawam said. The treatment required a multidisciplinary approach.
“The first stage of treatment is counseling,” said Dr Wafa Al Omari, consultant OBG physician at Tawam Hospital. “As physicians, we have a duty to explain to the patient and her family about the rarity and the severity of her case as well as the course of treatment.”
“Such complicated pregnancy cases carry a high risk of bleeding and uterine rupture. However, early detection, advanced ultrasound imaging and highly skilled physicians can help prevent catastrophic complications.”
The delicate treatment required ultrasound-guided fetocide, uterine artery embolisation (a minimally invasive procedure to occlude the uterine arteries) and suction evacuation for the conceptus done vaginally. The procedure was accomplished safely and successfully with minimum blood loss.
“Cesarean sections have become very common in the region and have brought into light a set of complications that were not so frequent in the past, including cesarean scar pregnancy. That is why awareness and education as well as dedicated ultrasound examinations are imperative to ensure a healthy patient and a healthy pregnancy,” said Dr Wafa.
“The success of this rare and very delicate procedure is a testament to Tawam’s qualified team of physicians and their expertise in handling unique and complicated cases. We pride ourselves in our team who work round-the-clock to provide the best medical healthcare, on par with international standards, to UAE patients,” said Gregory F. Schaffer, CEO of Tawam Hospital.
Tawam Hospital is part of the Seha Health System owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. – TradeArabia News Service
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