Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Article Title

Trauma in Pregnancy


Management of 12 pregnant trauma patients is reviewed. These patients had injuries to the neck, chest, abdomen, and extremities. Six patients had penetrating wounds, and six others had blunt injuries. Eight of the 12 women required surgical intervention during their hospitalization. Liberal use of diagnostic procedures such as roentgenograms, diagnostic peritoneal lavage, and angiography aided in the evaluation of these patients. None of the 12 patients died, and only two developed major complications. One fetus died as a result of shock in the mother and only one major neonatal complication occurred. Rapid resuscitation combined with thorough diagnostic evaluation and early operative intervention are needed to achieve a favorable outcome after traumatic injury to a pregnant woman and her unborn child.