Obstetricians and surgeons
Prof. Michael Corrin
John Kingdom and Ally Murji
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Savage Interactive Procreate
Placenta percreta is a rare pregnancy complication where the placenta penetrates the wall of the uterus, invading adjacent organs. This complication can result in life-threatening hemorrhage, necessitating both a cesarean delivery of the infant and hysterectomy at time of delivery. I developed a series of illustrations for a mock gynecologic surgical atlas depicting the key steps in cesarean hysterectomy. My research included observation of cesarean hysterectomies performed by the Placenta Clinic team at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto (led by Dr. John Kingdom). Drs Kingdom and Murji provided expert guidance, video resources and review of the illustration iterations. The refined digital sketches were rendered in Procreate (with select images digitally inked in Procreate) and arranged with text and labels in Illustrator. One page of the sequence was digitally inked using Procreate.
A selection of these illustrations was included in a recently accepted manuscript in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
Kingdom, JC, Hobson, SR, Murji A, Allen L, Windrim RC, Lockhart E, Collins SL, Majd HS, Alazzam M, Naasia F, Shamshirsaz AA, Belfort MA, and Fox KA. Minimizing surgical blood loss at cesarean hysterectomy for placenta previa with evidence of placenta increta or placenta percreta: the state of play in 2020. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020;223(3):322-329. PMID: 32007492
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