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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Can a placental abruption be seen on pelvic ultrasound? why couldn't they see it, then 4 days later they could?

Can a placental abruption be seen on pelvic ultrasound?  why couldn't they see it, then 4 days later they could?

Expanding blood: 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 a rough ultrasound tech caused the placental abruption? How hard does the abdominal trauma have to be?

Could a rough ultrasound tech caused the placental abruption? How hard does the abdominal trauma have to be?

NO: The baby is well protected in the uterus, with double shock absorbers of the amniotic fluid and the mom's abdominal wall. It takes a much more significant injury than a rough ultrasound tech to cause abruption. ...Read more

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What are the tests for placental abruption?

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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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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I was diagnosed with minor placental abruption at 19 weeks pregnant. I am now 30 weeks and continue to spot daily. Now the spotting has gotten heavy enough to need a panty liner. Is there anything I can do to protect myself and my baby?

I was diagnosed with minor placental abruption at 19 weeks pregnant. I am now 30 weeks and continue to spot daily. Now the spotting has gotten heavy enough to need a panty liner. Is there anything I can do to protect myself and my baby?

Patience.: Avoid all nsaids (aspirin, motrin, aleve, advil), do not exercise, avoid intercourse and heavy lifting, keep all your appointments, consider modified bedrest (although strict bedrest has not been conclusively proven to help it is frequently recommended). Do not travel out of town and remain within 15 minutes from your maternity hospital at all times. Consider nightly vaginal progesterone. ...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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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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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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Can I die from placental abruption if I ignore it?

Can I die from placental abruption if I ignore it?

Yes: You dont want to ignore placenta abruption. It can kill your baby and kill you eventually due to complications related to bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
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Placental Abruption (Definition)

Placental abruption is a condition where the placenta detaches from the wall of the uterus before full term or before ...Read more