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What is a placental abruption?
A placental abruption occurs in pregnant women when the placenta detaches from the wall of the uterus before the baby has been delivered. It can cause bleeding in the mother and cut off oxygen and vital nutrients from the developing baby. Placental abruption …
What causes a placental abruption?
In many cases, it is not known what causes a woman to have a placental abruption. Trauma, such as in a car accident or fall, can cause it. A sudden loss of amniotic fluid from the uterus can also cause a placental abruption.
How is a placental abruption diagnosed?
A doctor will ask about your symptoms and any history of trauma. A physical examination of the abdomen and a pelvic examination, as well as tests, such as a ultrasound and blood tests can be done to diagnose a placental abruption. The baby will also …
How is a placental abruption treated?
Treatment of a placental abruption depends on factors such as how severe the abruption and bleeding are, how advanced the pregnancy is and whether the baby is showing signs of distress. In some cases, the delivery of the baby may need to be brought …
Can placental abruption be prevented?
Not all placental abruptions can be prevented, however, there are things you can do to reduce the risk. You can avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs, make sure medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes are under control and take sensible …
Are there different types of placental abruption?
A placental abruption can be partial (in which the placenta only comes away partially from the wall of the uterus) or complete. A complete placental abruption requires emergency treatment to deliver the baby as soon as possible.
Is placental abruption serious?
Depending on how severe it is, a placental abruption can pose a life-threatening risk to both the mother and baby. It requires immediate medical assessment and, in some cases, emergency treatment.
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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Placental abruption