Uterine dehiscence

Uterine dehiscence is, usually, used to refer to the process of gradual myometrial rupture without a rupture of membranes. However, the term is used synonymously with uterine rupture by some authors. It is often described in the context of C-section scar where it is also termed an incisional dehiscence 5. Dehiscence can be partial or complete. 

Interestingly classical transverse C/S scars are more likely to rupture before labor, whereas lower uterine segment C/S scars (LSCS) tend to rupture after labor.

Clinical presentation

Generally the uterine dehiscence appears to be clinically occult and is not associated with any adverse maternal or perinatal outcomes.


Treatment and prognosis

In a study it was suggested that preterm delivery and nonprogress of labor were independent risk factors for uterine scar dehiscence. In contrast, parity was found to have a protective effect against dehiscence 8.

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Dehiscence of the uterus
  • Incisional dehiscence
  • Caesarean scar dehiscence
  • Scar dehiscence
  • Scar separation

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