Volume 11 - Issue 3

Case Report Biomedical Science and Research Biomedical Science and Research CC by Creative Commons, CC-BY

A Success Story of Complicated Antipartum Hemorrage and Placenta Previa in ICU Setting

*Corresponding author: Sheharyar Ashraf, Department of Anesthesiology & Intensive care Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Received: November 30, 2020; Published: December 22, 2020

DOI: 10.34297/AJBSR.2020.11.001623


Objective: The objective of this publication is to describe how pharmacogenomic testing can help reduce the incidence of ADEs.

Summary: Pharmacogenomic testing identifies genetic variants that help clinicians determine an individual’s expected response to medications. Results from pharmacogenomic testing may provide valuable information on the expected response to a drug while on the other hand, results may also help explain adverse drug events (ADEs), identify patients who may require closer monitoring to avoid ADEs, and avoid specific drugs that are expected to cause ADEs in certain individuals. Many ADEs are believed to have a genetic component. Drugs administered at normal doses may interact with a gene that has a genetic variant affecting the drug’s response. Pharmacogenomic testing can identify genetic variants that encode specific CYP enzymes (e.g., CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, and CYP3As). It is estimated that drug-gene and drug-drug-gene interactions contribute to about one-third of potential major or substantial drug interactions that occur in patients. Pharmacogenomic testing can predict about 20 to 30 percent of ADEs and significantly reduce ADE associated deaths.

Conclusion: The field of pharmacogenomics is ever expanding, and evidence demonstrates that testing can help detect and prevent ADEs, including those with life-threatening clinical consequences. Given the tremendous financial humanistic costs associated with ADEs, healthcare providers should consider pharmacogenomic testing for their patients.


Antepartum hemorrhage (APH) in Placenta previa (PV) is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity in pregnant women around the world [1]. APH is defined as bleeding from the genital tract in the second half of pregnancy. Placenta Previa is a condition in which the placenta is abnormally implanted in the lower uterus, sometimes covering the whole or partial cervical os [2]. It has an overall prevalence in North America of 2.9 per 1000 pregnancies, compared with a global prevalence of 5.2 per 1000 pregnancies [3]. The highest prevalence internationally is in Asian women, in whom the overall prevalence is 12.2 per 1000 pregnancies [4]. The rising incidence of c-sections in the last 50 years is partially a causative factor to the increasing number of cases of placenta previa [5]. Other causes of a placenta previa may include fibroids, large placental area with twins, late fertilization, internal scarring from previous c-sections, smoking and in-vitro fertilization [6]. Apart from APH, many other complications like fetal anemia, distress, shock, infection and renal insufficiency may occur [7]. One of the most important cause of pregnancy induced renal failure is hypo-perfusion that may be triggered by APH which is why, it is important to limit the ongoing damage timely to prevent any irreversible damage to the vital organs [8].

Case Report

Our case report involved a 30-year-old lady from gyne unit with APH secondary to type 4 placenta previa. On arrival to ICU, she was irritable, hypoxic with GCS of 7/15. As she continued to de saturate (SPO2 50%), she was started on CPAP but with worsening arterial blood gases (ABGs) i-e; Ph of 6.9, HCO3 of 10mmol, PCO2 of 12mmHg and PO2 of 58% was in severe metabolic acidosis, Hemodynamic instability bp 80/50 and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) were the reason that she was intubation. platelet count was 30,000, haemoglobin Hb of 6, tlc 30000, ALT of 1800, Bilirubin 18 and deranged renal profile she went into multi organ failure (MOF) secondary to sepis (raised BUN and Lactate). On 3rd day of admission to ICU Renal profile was severly deranged i.e urea 410 and creatinine 11 and was Aneuric and labelled as Acute kidney Injury (AKI). Nephrology team was consulted, nephrotoxic drugs were stopped, and she was started on haemodialysis. Almost 15 sessions of dialysis kidney profile start improving with adequate urine output. C section wound was infected and was reopened by involving gynea team. 8th day of ICU admission, she developed acute lung injury due to septic wound. Her coagulation profile shows D Dimers of 2400 and PT 40sec, and INR 2, so fresh frozen plasma (FFPs) and platelet transfusion were done. She remained ventilated on volume control mode with fio2 100% PEEP 6 Tidal volume 450, I\E 1:2. weaning off became so challenging for the ICU team because of ALI. Physical therapist and other mandatory rehabilitation protocols were followed. She started responding to Synchronized mode (SIMV). Broad spectrum antibiotics Colostine and Polymixin were started according to pus culture collected from opened wound which showed Acinetobacter and gram negative bacteroid. wound was closed on her 25th day in ICU after culture and sensitivity of blood, tracheal, urine and wound got negative. GCS gradually improved to 10/10 on 13 day. urine output was in negative balance of 100ml. Topical antibiotics were also added due to valvulitis and patient attendants were educated for hygiene maintenance. Weaning off was started and sessions of bipap were given 2 hours a day. she was given trails of SPONT ventilation and then T-piece trial with 2L of oxygen which she initially could not tolerate but later she weaned off completely from mechanical ventilation.


Successful management of AKI secondary to complicated placenta previa requires a multidisciplinary approach with close collaboration among nephrologists, obstetricians, intensivists, and other team members [9]. The identification of the underlying etiology of AKI is not always straightforward and very much depends on timing and risk factors [10]. Conventional management for APH and placenta previa alone is easy to administer but complicated by several co morbidities made it difficult for the clinicians to prepare the right plan of treatment. One of this patient’s primary health concerns was haemodynamic instability. The Nephrology team intervened but that couldn’t give satisfactory outcomes. Studies have shown that fluid overload is independently associated with increased morbidity in critically ill [11]. We were trying to manage sepsis and DIC that required fluids and blood transfusions on the other hand this patient had ALI and fluids could have brought hazardous outcomes. So, the fluid resuscitation was strictly followed along with all the biochemical investigations to prevent any harm. Muscle wasting in this patient was very progressive, yet we could not go for protein rich diet because of her AKI therefore we decided to start total parenteral nutrition TPN. Breathing and living on mechanical ventilation develops a different feeling in patients [12]. Most of such feelings and experiences are not pleasant and can lead to psychiatric disorders in these patients [13]. also, patients with longer stay of admission in ICU develop ICU acquired myopathies [14]. Therefore, vigorous physical therapy protocols, mobilization sessions and counselling helped her recover from ICU acquired myopathies and psychosis. Respiratory muscle weakness resulting into ventilator dependency was the major challenge to address. She was given tri-flo exercises, strengthening, weaning off trials to which she very slowly started to respond. Her overall prognosis was not that speedy, however, the interdisciplinary approach and timely management of the co morbidities were the key reason for her successful recovery.


Placenta previa with acute tubular necrosis is the most notorious morbidity with high fatality rates. The rising incidence of c section for placenta previa is the most common cause of acute kidney injury. Initial timely treatment can minimize the comorbidities and complications. The primary cause of a disease getting complicated is the lack of multi-disciplinary approach towards the better prognosis and this lack can result as a great risk factor in increasing case fatality.


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