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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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Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
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Placental Abruption (Definition)

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 ...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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Light spotting today at 18 weeks pregnant. I do have a subchorionic hematoma.. Should i be worried? What should I do!? Placental abruption? Help :(

Light spotting today at 18 weeks pregnant. I do have a subchorionic hematoma.. Should i be  worried? What should I do!?  Placental abruption? Help :(

Sonogram: From the other question you asked we know that you already did all the right things. You saw your doctor and had an examination and sonogram. The doctor diagnosed you with a subchorionic hematoma which is a small bruised area of the placenta. This explained your spotting. Your sonogram verified that you are not having a placental abruption. ...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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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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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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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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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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