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What is a uterine rupture?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Muscle tears

The uterus is a muscle that can rupture, or tear. Most commonly, uterine rupture occurs at the site of scar formation.
For example, after a woman has a cesarean section (in which the uterus is opened and stitched back together), a scar will form. This scar in the uterus could tear apart during a subsequent labor, causing uterine rupture.

In brief: Muscle tears

The uterus is a muscle that can rupture, or tear. Most commonly, uterine rupture occurs at the site of scar formation.
For example, after a woman has a cesarean section (in which the uterus is opened and stitched back together), a scar will form. This scar in the uterus could tear apart during a subsequent labor, causing uterine rupture.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Bad news

Uterine rupture is usually associated with pregnancy and although uncommon, can lead to hemorrhage & death of both mom & infant.
Your doc can tell you if you have any risks & how to keep you safe in pregnancy. Consider it a risk with any prior uterine surgery (including certain types of c-sections, fibroid surgery), long labors, or anything that overdistends the uterus.

In brief: Bad news

Uterine rupture is usually associated with pregnancy and although uncommon, can lead to hemorrhage & death of both mom & infant.
Your doc can tell you if you have any risks & how to keep you safe in pregnancy. Consider it a risk with any prior uterine surgery (including certain types of c-sections, fibroid surgery), long labors, or anything that overdistends the uterus.
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