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Abdominal Wound Dehiscence after Caesarean Section

Br Med J 1971; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5756.256 (Published 01 May 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;2:256
  1. James Mowat,
  2. John Bonnar

    Abstract

    In a series of 2,175 patients delivered by caesarean section a dehiscence of the abdominal wound occurred in 50. Wound dehiscence was eight times more common with a vertical incision than with a low transverse incision of the abdominal wall; with the vertical incision the incidence of partial and complete dehisence was 2·94% and with the low transverse incision no complete dehiscence occurred and the incidence of partial dehisence was 0·37%. The increased use of the low transverse incision would greatly reduce the serious complication of wound dehiscence after caesarean section.