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4th Stage Transvaginal omental herniation during VBAC complicated by shoulder dystocia: a unique presentation of uterine rupture

Aruyaru Stanley Mwenda

Author Affiliations

Transmara District Hospital, P.O Box 98–40700, Kilgoris, Kenya

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013, 13:76  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-76

Published: 23 March 2013



Uterine rupture is a common complication in women attempting their first virginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) but the risk diminishes with subsequent VBACs. It occurs in rates of 0.5-9% and is influenced by various factors.

Case presentation

A unique case of uterine rupture in a Kenyan woman of African descent during a repeat VBAC complicated by shoulder dystocia was discovered during the 4th stage of labour when omentum was noted protruding through the vagina. She had delivered 4 years earlier by caesarean section.


It is not common to experience uterine rupture among women attempting repeat VBAC. When it occurs, it may not always follow the known pattern intra-partum and is often associated with poor foetal outcome.