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What is a placental abruption?

What is a placental abruption?

Placenta detaches: Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before the baby is born. This happens in only 1% of pregnancies.
It can be dangerous as the baby may not get the same amount of oxygen and nutrients if the abruption is large. Patients may or may not have vaginal bleeding.
Abruption has been linked to maternal high blood pressure, Cocaine use, abdominal trauma and smoking. ...Read more

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 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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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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What are the tests for placental abruption?

Ultrasound, monitor: 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 are the symptoms of placental abruption?

What are the symptoms of placental abruption?

Bleeding or None: Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before the baby is born. This happens in only 1% of pregnancies.
Patients may or may not have vaginal bleeding. It can be dangerous as the baby may not get the same amount of oxygen and nutrients if the abruption is large.
Abruption has been linked to maternal high blood pressure, Cocaine use, abdominal trauma and smoking. ...Read more

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Can I die from placental abruption if I ignore it?

Can I die from placental abruption if I ignore it?

Yes, baby also: Placental separation (abruption) can decrease blood flow to your infant, compromising it's health. Mild cases can be watched and surveillance provided for your baby. Severe cases can end up with massive bleeding, fetal loss (death), or maternal hemorrhage and its complications which include bleeding to death. Your OB can best tell you your personal risks and what you need to do to stay safe. ...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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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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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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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

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How will placental abruption affect my health going forward?

How will placental abruption affect my health going forward?

Not much: As long as you are not a smoker, have a chronic respiratory illness such as asthma there usually is not an issue with subsequent pregnancies. In the non-pregnant state, no impact on your future health as long as the abruption was properly treated. ...Read more

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How long does pain associated with placental abruption last?

How long does pain associated with placental abruption last?

Call your doctor: .If you have an abruption and are in pain and are pregnant you need to be seen in the emergency department. That is a pregnancy emergency. ...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 treatment for placental abruption?

What is the treatment for placental abruption?

Usually delivery: While you can try to control bleeding and hypertension (eclamsia) in general, delivery is going to be the only true control of the problem. ...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 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 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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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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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 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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Could having lupus lead to a placental abruption?

Absolutely.: Sle can lead to vascilitis that impacts all the body including the placental implantation site. Rarely, thsi leads to placental abruption and severe pregnancy complications.
Alternatively, sle can cause autoantibodies to the platelets and cause widespread clotting in antiphospholipid antibody syndrome; this is very rare but clearly causes fetal death from abruption and recurrent pregnancy loss. ...Read more

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Radiologists please answer. How do you diagnose placental abruption?

Radiologists please answer. How do you diagnose placental abruption?

They can't: Abruption is not always seen on ultrasound. Typically it is associated with bleeding, cramping or painful contractions, or significant pain. It's also the diagnosis of exclusion if all other reasons of bleeding are eliminated. Radiologist can usually see a large placental separation, but rarely is this the first sign of an abruption. Ct scans & mris are not used for this purpose. I hope this helps. ...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