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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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Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
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Placental Abruption (Definition)

Defined as the premature separation of the placenta from the uterus, it is a significant ...Read more


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What causes placental abruptions?

What causes placental abruptions?

High BP, trauma, ROM: Abruptio placentae (formal term) occurs when there is separation of placenta from the wall of the uterus. The diagnosis depends on there being a normally placed placenta (eg, not one covering the cervix). There may or may not be bleeding early. Common causes include high blood pressures, trauma to the abdomen, rapid loss of amniotic fluid (eg, in cases of multiple pregnancy or excess fluid). ...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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How does placenta previa cause preterm delivery?

How does placenta previa cause preterm delivery?

Bleeding and Cntrxns: Previa: Placenta overlies the cervix/birth canal. Gr 1 means placenta is close, Gr 4 means it's directly overlying/blocking the baby's exit -- high chance of preterm labor & bleeding; you'd need a C/S at 36-37wks. More common in woman w/ hx of C/S & smoking. Not much you can do but wait. If dx'ed early, the uterus still grows/stretches and a placenta can migrate away even in 3rd tri. Follow w/ US. ...Read more

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Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

Could placenta previa lead to placenta percreta?

PP can be percreta: A placenta prévia can invade the uterine and cervical tissues and be associated with a placenta increta and placenta percreta. ...Read more

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What is intra uterine fetal death?

What is intra uterine fetal death?

In utero demise: An intrauterine fetal death or demise is a pregnancy complication where the fetus dies in the uterus before labor occurs. It usually requires labor induction or a d & e to remove the fetus and the other products of conception from the uterus. ...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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Subchorionic hemorrhage, placental abruption, oligohydramnios (20w3d). What does this all mean? Is it serious?

Subchorionic hemorrhage, placental abruption, oligohydramnios (20w3d). What does this all mean? Is it serious?

Placenta: This means there is a collection of blood between the placenta and the uterine wall- therefore the abruption, the term oligohydramnios basically means low amniotic fluid and can have multiple causes including placenta dysfunction on the side of the mother, of problems with the fetus- problems with the kidneys. Please speak to your physician and seek a referral to a perinatologist. ...Read more

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Can a placenta abruption cause the baby to die?

If big enough, yes: 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 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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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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Could an inutero twin death cause fetal lobulation in the surviving twin ?

Could an inutero twin death cause fetal lobulation in the surviving twin ?

Are you referring: to fetal lobulation of the kidneys? That is a normal anatomic variant, not related to an in utero twin. ...Read more

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Can fetal pyelectasis be fatal?

Can fetal pyelectasis be fatal?

No.: Fetal pyelectasis refers to borderline prominence of the renal collecting system and is defined as >4 mm by 20 weeks; >7 mm between 20-30 weeks and >8 mm after 30 weeks. It is seen in 3% of all pregnancies associated with polyhydramnios and diabetes mellitus. It is a very weak marker of increased risk for fetal down syndrome but never causes mortal risk. Neonatal follow-up is required! ...Read more

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Risk for fetal injury related to reduced placental perfusion from vasospasm?

Could be: Anytime there is decreased blood flow to the placenta, the fetus will be under some stress, depending on the amount of decreased oxegen and nutrient delivery. ...Read more

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Can childbirth cause maternal death?

Can childbirth cause maternal death?

Yes: Unfortunately, childbirth can still cause death. This is usually from bleeding, general anesthesia or stroke. Your best bet to reduce this risk is to start your pregnancy healthy. Eat a balanced diet, exercise and control any medical problems you do have. Nothing can take the risk to zero but you would be surprised how much you can do! ...Read more

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