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Can you detect placenta accreta on an 18 obstetrical week ultrasound? My midwife says you can't see pa, but it was my understanding that you could.

Can you detect placenta accreta on an 18 obstetrical week ultrasound? My midwife says you can't see pa, but it was my understanding that you could.

You certainly can!: Expert eyes can discern the tell-tale signs of placenta accreta as early as the first trimester - in fact recent evidence suggests that is the best time to detect this potentially life-threatening complication of pregnancy. It is certainly possible to diagnose accreta at 18 weeks - I have done it repeatedly and confirmed it at delivery. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Anterior placenta previa with placental lake seen at 28w ultrasound, 2 D&Cs & no c-section hx. Any risk of placenta accreta? Best time to deliver?

Anterior placenta previa with placental lake seen at 28w ultrasound, 2 D&Cs & no c-section hx. Any risk of placenta accreta? Best time to deliver?

Placenta Previa: Placenta previa occurs when the placenta is covering the opening of the cervix. Vaginal delivery is possible in mild cases of previa. Placenta accreta is a different condition where the placenta gets "stuck" to the uterus. While the risk of accreta increases when you have previa, that risk is low if you have never had a c-section before. Follow-up with your obstetrician regarding delivery dates. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Placenta accreta?

Abnormal: Placenta actually attaches invasively to the uterine muscle rather than the uterine lining as it should.
May not be able to be separated when the baby is born. ...Read more

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Can placenta accreta be missed at delivery?

Can placenta accreta be missed at delivery?

Very definitely: Unfortunately, placenta accreta is often diagnosed at the time post delivery when a cotyledon (plug) of placenta is missing or the placenta itself does not detach normally. At that point, aggressive measures to 'detach" the placenta may result in massive hemorrhage and the resultant post apocalyptic diagnosis of placenta accreta. ...Read more

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How often does placenta accreta go undiagnosed even after a csection delivery?

Placenta accreta: A previously undiagnosed placenta accrete may be diagnosed at the time of a cesarean section. This would occur when the OB is trying to remove the placenta but cannot because it is attached (accreta). On the other hand, if the placenta detaches easily, the uterine cavity is always explored so it would be rare to have an attached placenta left behind but a focal placenta accrete could be missed. ...Read more

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What is the cause of placenta accreta?

What is the cause of placenta accreta?

Uterine scars/defect: The placenta tends to implant over pre-existing uterine scars or defects; when that occurs, the invasive nature of the placenta can lead to abnormally increased vascularity in areas without sufficient uterine muscle to control the bleeding once the placenta is delivered (particularly near the cervix). That is potentially life-threatening if undiagnosed until delivery and managed in small hospital! ...Read more

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What are the tests for placenta accreta?

What are the tests for placenta accreta?

Ultrasound, Doppler.: The provisional working diagnosis is achieved prenatally with history taking and a targeted ultrasound examination by an expert in the field. Mri is not generally helpful, unless the placental invasion is posteriorly. The final diagnosis is made by pathological examination of the uterus and placenta en bloc after a cesarean hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of placenta accreta?

Only at delivery: There are no symptoms during the pregnancy. Accreta presents with a placenta that will not detach after the infant is born. If the placenta is manually removed or removed under traction there is a great deal of bleeding, which may require surgery and possibly a hysterectomy. Accretas can sometimes be diagnosed prior to delivery via ultrasound or mri. ...Read more

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What makes it likely to have placenta accreta?

What makes it likely to have placenta accreta?

Uterine scarring: Women with a history of fibroid surgery or previous ceasarean whose placenta implants on scar tissue have a small, but present potential for the placenta to dig in too deeply. It can just happen de novo, too. ...Read more

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My sister has developed placenta accreta. What is it exactly?

Placenta accreta: A placenta accreta develops when the placenta invades or grows into the muscular layer of the uterus. With invasion of the muscle, detachment of the placenta after birth of the infant cannot occur. Retention of the placenta can lead to a postpartum hemorrhage. To remove the placenta, the uterus is usually removed after delivery of the infant. ...Read more

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What is the best way of managing placenta accreta and percreta?

Resorption: If placenta percreta/accreta is recognized at the time of delivery and there is no bleeding then allowing the uterus to contract and retained placenta to be excreted or absorbed later on its' own volition is a wise course. However, if there is massive uncontrollable bleeding then cesarean hysterectomy is the "default" choice. Uterine balloon "packing" can be also be tried to arrest bleeding. ...Read more

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Can placenta accreta have negative effects on my baby?

Can placenta accreta have negative effects on my baby?

Yes - prematurity,: Placenta previa/accreta typically leads to preterm contractions and rupture of membranes requiring delivery before 37 weeks. Thus, the minor risk is for mild prematurity for the fetus/neonate. The main risk is maternal and can prove lethal if the diagnosis is not prenatally suspected and appropriate expert care is not sought in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Can MRI help diagnose placenta accreta?

Can MRI help diagnose placenta accreta?

Yes: Sometimes it is superior to sonography for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are subchorionic hematomas and placenta accreta related? Do you typically see them together?

Are subchorionic hematomas and placenta accreta related? Do you typically see them together?

Different things: These are distinctly different things. A subchorionic hematoma is a collection of blood in the layer between the membranes and the placenta. It is typically found in the 1st trimester when someone experiences bleeding. A placenta accreta is when the placenta is attached too deeply into the uterine wall. You could have both things but they are not typically related. ...Read more

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How long does bleeding associated with placenta accreta last?

How long does bleeding associated with placenta accreta last?

Massive, brief.: Profuse, life-threatening bleeding occurs suddenly if the placenta is allowed or forced to separate from the uterus in cases of accretism. Unless this is promptly and expertly treated with hysterectomy, maternal death from exsanguination occurs soon. Accreta bleeding is not chronic. Delivery at tertiary hospital/trauma center with large blood bank and mfm gyn oncologist surgical care is needed! ...Read more

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If someone has a focal placenta accreta can it detach and come out on its own? Have you ever heard of this? Or would this be unusual?

Placenta Accreta: Placenta Accreta usually occurs when the placenta attaches to a scar from a previous cesarean section. If the placenta grows into the scar it is called placenta increta. If it grows through the wall of the uterus it is called placenta percreta. These are serious problems which can lead to a cesarean hysterectomy. The diagnosis is suspected by ultrasound or MRI. A focal accreta could detach. ...Read more

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Why am I still hurting after having a baby 9 months ago? I was diagnosed with placenta accreta after the birth of my child my doctor didn't do surgery to remove it he just pulled it out was he suppose to do that?

Confused..: Your information is a little confusing to me; are you concerned about long-term pain from your delivery, or asking whether the management of placenta accreta was appropriate in your case? Please clarify. Any time pain persists that far out after delivery it is abnormal and merits examination by a gynecologist. Standard management of suspected placenta accreta is prelabor cesarean hysterectomy @35w. ...Read more

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Are there any risks to a 34 week fetus from an MRI? It is to look for placenta acreta

No: There really isn't any risk. If placenta accreta is a concern of your OB, it is vital that it be determined. Placenta accreta is serious business. Follow your OBs recommendation. Good Luck! ...Read more

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? How is placenta acreta? Treated or cured?

? How is placenta acreta? Treated or cured?

Cesarean hysterectom: Planned prelabor repeat cesarean section by 34-35 weeks after Betamethasone administration without attempt at placental delivery is the treatment of choice! This should only be undertaken in a tertiary care hospital in concert with maternal-fetal medicine, gynecology-oncology, urology, blood bank, perinatal anesthesia, general surgery and neonatology - to minimize the risk of maternal death. ...Read more

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How is it possible to have a placenta accreta and not be pregnant, my results ended with an hysterectomy. I can't find any information.

How is it possible to have a placenta accreta and not be pregnant, my results ended with an hysterectomy. I can't find any information.

Placenta accreta: Placenta accrete is where the cotyledons (feet) of the placenta are embedded in the musculature of the uterus and will not separate after birth without massive bleeding. Obviously, pregnancy is a prerequisite for the diagnosis. Hysterectomy can result from attempts at manual removal followed by the aforementioned massive bleeding. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for placenta accreta?

What is the treatment for placenta accreta?

Prelabor c-hyst @34w: The optimal management of placenta previa with suspected accreta/increta/percreta is prelabor cesarean section by 34-35 weeks after Betamethasone administration without amniocentesis for fetal lung maturity; this should be immediately followed by puerperal hysterectomy with the expert help from a gynecologic oncologist, urologist, [vascular] surgeon. Do not attempt to detach the placenta! ...Read more

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Would having placenta accreta have something to do with this (retained placenta) (scarring) and are there risks in getting pregnant in the future.

Would having placenta accreta have something to do with this (retained placenta) (scarring) and are there risks in getting pregnant in the future.

Retained placenta: If you had a retained placenta at your last delivery, it wasn't necessarily due to a placenta accreta. A placenta accreta is a serious problem where the placenta grows into the muscular layer of the uterus, making the placenta very difficult to remove and results in a lot of bleeding. If you were diagnosed with an accreta, you have an increased risk of another in the future. ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant & have placenta accreta. This is my 4th baby & never had a c-section. My doctor is suggested I have an MRI. Is it safe for the baby?

Confusing technology: Although the idea of avoiding x-rays during pregnancy is widely known, the new technologies face a different problem. People assume that the MRI is just as bad or is just a different type of x-ray machine. It is not, it simply "magnetizes" you briefly like you can small pieces of metal & uses computer assisted sensors to give pictures much better than a cat scan. It won't hurt you or baby. ...Read more

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Hi, I had partial hysterectomy due to placenta accreta & previa also adhesions removed operation done abdominal vertical & I'm am bleeding irregularly?

Hi, I had partial hysterectomy due to placenta accreta & previa also adhesions removed operation done abdominal vertical & I'm am bleeding irregularly?

Talk to MD: Frequently, granulation tissue at the vaginal cuff will cause annoying vaginal bleeding. Easily corrected in the office. I know some people refer to a 'partial' hysterectomy incorrectly but if by partial you mean a supracervical or subtotal hyst, then your cervix is still present and that explains the bleeding easier. ...Read more

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Had my 36 week ultrasound and it shows babys cord wrapped around neck with a. 67 resistence index also a grade 3 placenta. How dangerous is this?

Had my 36 week ultrasound and it shows babys cord wrapped around neck with a. 67 resistence index also a grade 3 placenta. How dangerous is this?

Snapshot in time: This just means you need to be in close contact. If babies been growing nl this should be ok. I've had healthy infants with up to 5 neck wraps or 2 true knots. They are worrisome and suggest the child may not do well in labor with the increased stress.A c-section delivery is more likely and an early trip to the l&d area anytime you think you are having contractions is worth considering. ...Read more

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Last ultrasound 33 weeks show cepheric presentation and placenta anterior uper as there any posibilty to move plecenta or the baby change postion?

Last ultrasound 33 weeks show cepheric presentation and placenta anterior uper as there any posibilty to move plecenta or the baby change postion?

Baby moving: At 33 weeks, the placenta isn't likely to move any more, it will stay anterior upper. By 33 weeks, the baby has probably settled in for the term BUT if you've given birth before, there in an increased chance that the baby can still shift around to transverse or breech. This is much less common if it's your first. ...Read more

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My level II ultrasound shows Placenta position- "Fundo anterior lower margin of placenta 4.0 CM from internal os" What precautions should I take??

As per OB.: You did not state how far along the pregnancy you are. If before third trimester, the placenta may migrate posteriorly and further from the os. Speak to your OB for any concerns. If there is any concern on the part of the OB, a follow-up ultrasound will be gotten. There are however no precautions you should take, unless so directed by tour OB. Why does you profile say 25 yo male? ...Read more

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I had a vaginal ultrasound today. In the ultrasound one picture shows a good size lump beside the baby aginsted the wall of the placenta. In all the other pictures there is a small circle beside child?

I had a vaginal ultrasound today. In the ultrasound one picture shows a good size lump beside the baby aginsted the wall of the placenta. In all the other pictures there is a small circle beside child?

Without the image..: It's hard to know what you are describing without the image, but it sounds like a placental chorioangioma, which is usually a benign finding. Google that, and look at "images" to see how it compares to what you've got. By the way, the small circle is the yolk sac. ...Read more

Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Placenta Accreta (Definition)

Placenta actually attaches invasively to the uterine muscle rather than the uterine lining as it should. May not be able to be separated when ...Read more