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Please tell me what is the cause for placental abruption?

Please tell me what is the cause for placental abruption?

Placental abruption: many reasons, most common are trauma, high blood pressure, substance abuse (esp. cocaine).
It is serious and emergent condition, need immediate medial attention. ...Read more

Cocaine Use (Definition)

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with potent cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) side effects. Signs of intoxication typically begin with enlarged pupils, a feeling of being "high" (euphoria), agitation, and increased heart ...Read more


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Can running cause placental abruption?

Can running cause placental abruption?

No: Running does not cause placental abruption. Ever. So what does cause abruptions? Abdominal trauma (falling, car accidents, etc), high blood pressure, cocaine use, and other reasons we may not fully understand. If you are doing activities, wear good shoes and be careful as your balance is off during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can aeroplane cause placental abruption ?

Can aeroplane cause placental abruption ?

Not unless it crashe: There is no evidence that air travel causes placental abruption.
Trauma can cause placental abruption, but most cases are related to hypertension/preeclampsia or are idiopathic (unknown cause). ...Read more

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What type of trauma and severity causes a placental abruption?

What type of trauma and severity causes a placental abruption?

Placental abrupt ion: Trauma to the abdomen can cause abruption, MVA, a fall, being hit, etc. In addition, hypertension; pre-eclampsia, pregnancy induced or chronic, uncontrolled hypertension can be at the root of placental abruption. Other reasons also include premature rupture of membranes, a bleed called a sub chorionic hemorrhage, placenta overlying the cervix in anyway as the cervix opens...many reasons. ...Read more

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I have pots, and lost my baby to placental abruption (which they think caused the pots) should I not try again? Better to adopt? Once pots gets better

I have pots, and lost my baby to placental abruption (which they think caused the pots) should I not try again? Better to adopt? Once pots gets better

POT[t]S: Stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and is caused by abnormal activity of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system (ans). I think that the "abruptio" and the pots are from a common cause---- compromised body chemistrry, in the control mechanisms of the ANS and the normal function of pregnancy. My guess is that it is due to lousy diet that provides the energy for cellularfunction. ...Read more

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What causes a placental abruption?

What causes a placental abruption?

Shearing forces: Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. ...Read more

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What causes a placental abruption ?

What causes a placental abruption ?

Shearing forces: Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. ...Read more

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Can stretching to much cause a placental abruption?

Can stretching to much cause a placental abruption?

Probably not: If your stretching is putting a lot of pressure on your abdomen (and uterus) you could potentially cause a problem such as a placental abruption. Normal stretching is unlikely to be harmful in any way to the preganancy. ...Read more

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Can progesterone defiency cause placental abruption ?

Can progesterone defiency cause placental abruption ?

Great question!: Not known. Placenta is the major producer of Progesterone in pregnancy, and Progesterone serves to keep the uterus quiet as the fetus grows. It is possible that perturbations in the uteroplacental interface (eg placental infarction) could lead to both Progesterone decline and increased risk for abruption. No study has addressed this to date; abruption remains an impossible complication to predict. ...Read more

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I had a full term stillbirth apparently caused by a very small placental abruption. What may have caused this? What are the chances of reoccurrence?

I had a full term stillbirth apparently caused by a very small placental abruption. What may have caused this? What are the chances of reoccurrence?

How terribly sad!: As you know, abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall too early - instead of after birth. Some drugs may be related to placental abruption, e.g., cocaine. There are also some blood clotting problems which may be related to placental malfunction. Talk with your doctor now about measures to minimize risk with your next delivery, i.e., planned c-section when lungs are mature. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause placental abruption? If so is there anywhere can I find more information online regarding this?

Can sleep apnea cause placental abruption? If so is there anywhere can I find more information online regarding this?

No current evidence: There is no current data about this matter. Until recently, sleep apnea was believed to be very rare in women of child bearing age. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

Yes: High blood pressure, whether present before pregnancy or whether it develops during pregnancy, does increase a woman's risk for abruption. But most women with high blood pressure never have an abruption. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be pregnant again after 6 months cs (bikini incision ) cause I had complete placental abruption at 31 weeks and I lost my baby ?

Is it normal to be pregnant again after 6 months  cs  (bikini incision )  cause I had complete placental abruption at 31 weeks and I lost my baby ?

Not optimal plan.: A short inter-pregnancy interval is never advisable. You are now at risk for recurrent abruption, repeat cesarean section, preterm labor, uterine rupture, poor fetal growth, anemia and placenta accreta. Seek mfm care asap, take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and avoid smoking/cocaine. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can picking up/carrying my 29lbs 3yr old daughter while she's asleep and floppy/heavy cause me to have a placental abruption? I already have a 2cm sch

Can picking up/carrying my 29lbs 3yr old daughter while she's asleep and floppy/heavy cause me to have a placental abruption? I already have a 2cm sch

Possibly: I would recommend nothing heavier that 10 pounds at this point, but i would also suggest you speak to your OB about their specific recommendations for not only how much you should lift/carry, but also any other restrictions on your activities at this point in the pregnancy. Congratulations! ...Read more

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Can marginal placenta previa cause placental abruption? What are the statistics on marginal previa moving after 20 weeks?

Can marginal placenta previa cause placental abruption? What are the statistics on marginal previa moving after 20 weeks?

Cervix and placenta: Will move apart
as a balloon expands, (uterus), points on the balloon move apart, this will likely occur as the uterus grows, if no bleeding, little risk of harm. Ask your doctor to be sure.
Previa can create a type of partial abruption, along the edge of the attachment. ...Read more

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Could a rough ultrasound tech caused the placental abruption? How hard does the abdominal trauma have to be?

Could a rough ultrasound tech caused the placental abruption? How hard does the abdominal trauma have to be?

NO: The baby is well protected in the uterus, with double shock absorbers of the amniotic fluid and the mom's abdominal wall. It takes a much more significant injury than a rough ultrasound tech to cause abruption. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a placental abruption?

Symptoms, Ultrasound: Abruption is a bleed from the placenta; a disruption of either the mother or baby's blood supply. Many causes: trauma, high blood pressure, drugs (cocaine), preterm labor, polyhydramnios. Can be very large or very small, so even US can miss a diagnosis. Symptoms: usually preterm contractions, sometimes vaginal bleed. Fetal monitoring is necessary. Wait, watch; abruption can self-heal sometimes. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a placental abruption?

How do you know if you have a placental abruption?

Abruption: You feel cramping abdominal pain, which can be severe, you may have vaginal bleeding also. Sometimes decreased fetal movements. So everytime you have vaginal bleeding, cramping, decreased fetal movements you should notify your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Would there be pain with minor placental abruption ?

Would there be pain   with minor placental abruption    ?

Not always: Pain is a symptom of placental abruption, however, not every patient experiences it. Sometimes chronic abruptions can present with only bleeding or even without symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Placental abruption?

What is the definition or description of: Placental abruption?

Placental abruption: Abruptio placentae is defined as the premature separation of the placenta from the uterus. As a significant cause of third-trimester bleeding, it is associated with fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. Placental abruption must be considered whenever bleeding is encountered in the second half of pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent a placental abruption?

What is the best way  to prevent a placental abruption?

Avoid abdomen injury: Avoid blows to the abdomen when pregnant. Even though the fetus is contained in a great "shock absorbing fluid"(amniotic fluid), sudden severe blows to the abdomen have been known to cause placental abruption. Please wear a seat belt when driving a vehicle even if one has to place a pillow in front of the abdomen for comfort. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between placental abruption and icsi ?

Is there any relation between placental abruption and icsi ?

No: While there are a number of interesting outcome-associations with various forms of assisted-reproductive technologies, there is not an established/known increase in the rate of placental abruption following icsi. ...Read more

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What are the odds of the baby living after a 30% placental abruption?

What are the odds of the baby living after a 30% placental abruption?

30% abruption: Whether or not a baby will live with a 30% abrupion depends upon the gestational age of the baby. The most common time to have an abruption is during labor, and the majority of babies will survive. ...Read more

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What are the odds of the baby surviving in a 90% placental abruption?

What are the odds of the baby surviving in a 90% placental abruption?

It depends: Placental abruption is a condition in which the placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus prior to the baby's delivery. When this happens, the baby (and mother) can suffer from excessive blood loss. Additionally, the baby loses its ability to get oxygen. The baby's survival depends on how quickly he can be delivered after abruption occurs. ...Read more

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What are the odds of the baby living if there was a 90% placental abruption?

What are the odds of the baby living if there was a 90% placental abruption?

Depends when/where: If a patient is in the hospital and experiences a significant placental abruption, it may be possible to perform an emergency cesarean and save the mom and baby from harm. Outside the hospital the life threatening risks are certainly much greater to both the baby and the mom. ...Read more

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Had a placental abruption but found no medical reason for it. Undergone tests as well but all were normal?

Had a placental abruption but found no medical reason for it. Undergone tests as well but all were normal?

Placental abruption?: The real danger is to the fetus. Why it happened, G-d only knows! Hopefully you will complete your pregnancy successfully and have a healthy child. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the chances of prolapsed cord or placental abruption?

What are the chances of prolapsed cord or placental abruption?

Incidence of : Umbilical Cord Prolapse is 1.4 -6.2/ 1000 pregnancies. Frequency of placental abruption is 1% & abruption with fetal death, 0.12%. Risk of a 2nd abruption is 4-12%; of a 3rd, 25%. There's a 40% ^ in risk of abruption for each year a woman has smoked tobacco prior to pregnancy + a higher risk of fetal demise if abruption occurs in smokers. Cocaine use ^es risk up to 35%. ...Read more

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Placental Abruption (Definition)

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