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Maternal-fetal trauma

Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Elsevier - WB Saunders
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Abstract The injured pregnant patient is actually two patients—both in need of expert care. Initial management should be performed as a team effort, with prompt obstetrical consultation available if the mother is seriously injured. The ABCs of resuscitation must be followed in the pregnant patient, just as they are in other injured patients, and the gravid uterus should not cause undo alarm or distraction. Diagnostic studies necessary for the evaluation of the mother should not be withheld, and timely operative intervention (if indicated) offers the best chance of a favorable outcome for mother and fetus. Copyright © 2001 by W.B. Saunders Company

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