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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2015, Article ID 715180, 3 pages
Case Report

Uterine Rupture in Pregnancy following Fall from a Motorcycle: A Horrid Accident in Pregnancy—A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Jimma University, P.O. Box 378, Jimma, Ethiopia

Received 21 August 2015; Revised 3 October 2015; Accepted 11 October 2015

Academic Editor: Svein Rasmussen

Copyright © 2015 Wondimagegnehu Sisay Woldeyes et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Uterine rupture is one of the most catastrophic complications during pregnancy. It is a rare complication in developed countries but a frequent cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in Africa. Uterine rupture occurs in 1.6% of patients suffering blunt abdominal trauma. Here we report a unique case of complete fundal rupture of the unscarred uterus following fall from motorcycle in 39-week-pregnant mother who was managed with total abdominal hysterectomy and left salpingo-oophorectomy and survived, though fetus died before intervention. We also reviewed similar cases reported from different parts of Africa. This is a preventable complication had the woman been properly instructed on transportation safety during her antenatal care visits.