Maternal arterial desaturation with 15-methyl prostaglandin F2 alpha for uterine atony

Gary D.V. Hankins, Gregory K. Berryman, Richard T. Scott, David Hood

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Over a six-month period, five women with severe uterine atony and postpartum hemorrhage developed marked maternal arterial oxygen desaturation within five to ten minutes of the administration of 15-methyl prostaglandin F. The average fall from baseline was 10.4 ± 5.4%, to a mean arterial oxygen saturation of 88.8 ± 5.45%. The desaturation was accompanied by acute increases, averaging 20.7 ± 5.9%, in the intrapulmonary shunt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-370
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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