Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


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.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.