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Uterine Rupture

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Updated January 25, 2014

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Uterus, ovary, fallopian tube.

Uterus, ovary, fallopian tube.

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Definition: A condition in which a defect or a hole forms in the wall of the uterus. This might include a complete opening or a separation that occurs along a previously sutured wound.

The term “uterine rupture” is used for a wide range of conditions. Practitioners may use it to refer to anything from a thinning of the uterine wall to an actual opening, with or without symptoms. When talking to your practitioner, ask for an exact explanation of your condition and the extent of the rupture.

Examples:
Uterine rupture is a risk of a scarred uterus.
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