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Secondary (late) postpartum hemorrhage

Michael A Belfort, MBBCH, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FRCOG
Section Editors
Lynn L Simpson, MD
Deborah Levine, MD
Deputy Editor
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG


Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) may occur shortly after delivery or, less commonly, days later. This topic will discuss secondary (also called late) PPH. Issues related to primary or early PPH are reviewed separately:

(See "Overview of postpartum hemorrhage".)

(See "Postpartum hemorrhage: Medical and minimally invasive management".)

(See "Postpartum hemorrhage: Management approaches requiring laparotomy".)


Secondary (also called late) PPH is generally defined as any significant uterine bleeding occurring between 24 hours and 12 weeks postpartum [1,2]. However, definitions vary (eg, between 48 hours and 6 weeks postpartum).

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