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I had a full term stillbirth apparently caused by a very small placental abruption. What may have caused this? What are the chances of reoccurrence?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: How terribly sad!

As you know, abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall too early - instead of after birth.
Some drugs may be related to placental abruption, e.g., cocaine. There are also some blood clotting problems which may be related to placental malfunction. Talk with your doctor now about measures to minimize risk with your next delivery, i.e., planned c-section when lungs are mature.

In brief: How terribly sad!

As you know, abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall too early - instead of after birth.
Some drugs may be related to placental abruption, e.g., cocaine. There are also some blood clotting problems which may be related to placental malfunction. Talk with your doctor now about measures to minimize risk with your next delivery, i.e., planned c-section when lungs are mature.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Dr. Linda Gromko
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Dr. Gloria Lopez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Reocurrence

I am so sorry about the loss of your baby.
Some studies have shown recurrence rates to be one in eight, while some have reported a ten fold increase in rate. Whether or not this recurs depends upon the causation and on the presence of the predisposing factors: pregnancy induced hypertension or chronic hypertension, external trauma, cigarette smoking and/or the use of Cocaine and alcohol.

In brief: Reocurrence

I am so sorry about the loss of your baby.
Some studies have shown recurrence rates to be one in eight, while some have reported a ten fold increase in rate. Whether or not this recurs depends upon the causation and on the presence of the predisposing factors: pregnancy induced hypertension or chronic hypertension, external trauma, cigarette smoking and/or the use of Cocaine and alcohol.
Dr. Gloria Lopez
Dr. Gloria Lopez
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