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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

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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