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Retained Afterbirth In Children
Placenta Undelivered: The "afterbirth" is the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord. After the birth of a baby, the placenta should separate from the uterine wall and deliver. It can take as long as 30 minutes for this to happen. If it doesn't separate and deliver during this time-frame it is considered a retained placenta, or retained afterbirth. Manual or surgical removal is sometimes required. ...Read more
The "afterbirth" is the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord. After the birth of a baby, the placenta should separate from the uterine wall and deliver. It can take as long as 30 minutes for this to happen. If it doesn't separate and deliver during this time-frame it is considered a retained placenta, or retained afterbirth. Manual or surgical ...Read more
No detachment: After delivery, the placenta is supposed to detach from the wall of the uterus along a specific layer of tissue. Sometimes this tissue layer is partially missing and part of the placenta is tightly adherent to the uterine wall. The placenta is divided into sections called cotyledons. Sometimes one or two cotyledons will be left behind when the rest of the placenta is delivered. Best wishes! ...Read more
Several: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
Probably not: The term "retained placenta" implies that the placenta has failed to detach spontaneously with the usual postpartum measures including uterine massage, IV pitocin, (oxytocin) and gentle umbilical cord traction. At that point manual removal of the placenta is indicated, and while performed carefully may not seem to be gentle. If manual removal is incomplete, surgical removal by curettage is usually next. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had baby 8 months ago. If i had any retained placenta, would I have had symptoms by now? What are they?
Yes: Being that you are 8months out from your delivery, it is unlikely you have any retained placenta. Heavy, irregular bleeding, clotting & cramping would typically herald retained placental fragments or pieces; although having no periods at all may be related. If you had any delivery issues or complications with the delivery of your placenta, then i would discuss the matter with your delivering ob. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
What to do if I have not been sick. is it possible to have a retained placenta for that long without knowing?
Asherman's Syndrome: Asherman's syndrome is when the retained placenta was removed by "vigorous scraping"(d & c) of the lining of the uterus(endometrium) in which the two side walls of the uterus adhere together causing a subsequent absence of mentrual periods. This also occurs when the placenta "grows into the uterine wall" during the pregnancy and attempts to remove it cause asherman's syndrome. ...Read more