In response to the inquiry about broad ligament tear as indication for
c-section [Issue 2-9]:
The broad ligament is a very loose and soft layer of peritoneal membrane.
Sometimes it is torn during uterine procedures such as c-sections. Being
such a thin membrane it heals very well and quickly--no big deals or scars.
The problem is during the procedure (c-section), mostly related to
hemorrhage of arteries or varicose veins located in the intimacy of the
To my knowledge, there is nothing like broad ligament previous tear as an
indication for c-section in a future pregnancy. I researched the Medline
for articles on that and didn't find anything.
As for the past two c-sections, the guidelines are the same for all
patients with previous c-sections, when in labor."
Reprinted from Midwifery Today E-News (Vol 2 Issue 10 March 10, 2000)
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