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Why do doctors examine placenta after birth?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Make sure all is out

Retained placental tissue can cause problems such as bleeding and infection.
Therefore, OB providers should check every placenta to ensure that it has been delivered intact or all pieces of it have come out of the uterus. Occasionally an OB will need to insert a hand up into the uterus or even scrape with an instrument to remove any remaining tissue. That mainly occurs if a very premature delivery.

In brief: Make sure all is out

Retained placental tissue can cause problems such as bleeding and infection.
Therefore, OB providers should check every placenta to ensure that it has been delivered intact or all pieces of it have come out of the uterus. Occasionally an OB will need to insert a hand up into the uterus or even scrape with an instrument to remove any remaining tissue. That mainly occurs if a very premature delivery.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many reasons.

The placental examination is essential to assure complete delivery, assess anomalies of cord insertion, exclude paraplacenta, determine chorionicity in multifetal pregnancies, check for infection, abruption, infarction, tumors, preeclampsia changes.

In brief: Many reasons.

The placental examination is essential to assure complete delivery, assess anomalies of cord insertion, exclude paraplacenta, determine chorionicity in multifetal pregnancies, check for infection, abruption, infarction, tumors, preeclampsia changes.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Check if it's intact

An obstetrician would examine the placenta or "afterbirth" for a few reasons, but mainly to ascertain that all of the placenta came out; that it is intact/whole and no placental pieces are still inside of the uterus.

In brief: Check if it's intact

An obstetrician would examine the placenta or "afterbirth" for a few reasons, but mainly to ascertain that all of the placenta came out; that it is intact/whole and no placental pieces are still inside of the uterus.
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Placenta exam

At the time of delivery, we want to confirm that the placenta is intact and there are no missing pieces that could still be inside the uterus that may be a source of infection or bleeding if not removed.
Other reasons to examine the placenta include meconium staining, twin gestation, abnormal cord insertion, bleeding during labor suggestive of possible abruption, as well as others.

In brief: Placenta exam

At the time of delivery, we want to confirm that the placenta is intact and there are no missing pieces that could still be inside the uterus that may be a source of infection or bleeding if not removed.
Other reasons to examine the placenta include meconium staining, twin gestation, abnormal cord insertion, bleeding during labor suggestive of possible abruption, as well as others.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Issues with labor

If there was an infection with labor, meconium, abruption, etc examining the placenta can help confirm a diagnosis.

In brief: Issues with labor

If there was an infection with labor, meconium, abruption, etc examining the placenta can help confirm a diagnosis.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology

In brief: Check if abnormal

The placenta gets examined to see if it has deliveredt intact, if the umbilical cord has the normal 3 blood vessels and to see if there are any gross abnormalities that would warrant having a pathologist examine it.

In brief: Check if abnormal

The placenta gets examined to see if it has deliveredt intact, if the umbilical cord has the normal 3 blood vessels and to see if there are any gross abnormalities that would warrant having a pathologist examine it.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
Dr. Kevin O'neil
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Placental examinatio

Placentas are examined for 2 reasons; 1.
Each cord should have 2 arteries and a single vein, an abnormal vessel component suggests fetal abnormality most frequently the kidneys and 2. To ascertain whether or not one of the cotyledons make are missing suggesting retained tissue in the uterus.

In brief: Placental examinatio

Placentas are examined for 2 reasons; 1.
Each cord should have 2 arteries and a single vein, an abnormal vessel component suggests fetal abnormality most frequently the kidneys and 2. To ascertain whether or not one of the cotyledons make are missing suggesting retained tissue in the uterus.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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