(Premature Separation of Placenta; Ablatio Placentae; Abruptio Placentae)
- Premature delivery
- Fetal anemia
- Low birth weight
- Significant blood loss for the mother
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- Injury to the abdomen from an accident or a fall
- Sudden decrease in the volume of the uterus, from significant loss of amniotic fluid or from the delivery of a first twin
- Abnormally short umbilical cord
- Acute development of high blood pressure (often associated with cocaine use )
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Rapid contractions
- Soreness in the uterus
- Your doctor may need pictures of the fetus and placenta. This can be done with an ultrasound .
- Your doctor may need to know how long it takes your blood to clot. This can be done with a blood coagulation profile.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org/For%5FPatients
American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org/
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
Bleeding in pregnancy, placenta previa, placental abruption. Lucile-Packard Children's Hospital website. Available at: http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/hrpregnant/bleed.html . Accessed December 18, 2012.
Neilson JP. Interventions for treating placental abruption. Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews. 2009(1).
Placental abruption. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated September 4, 2012. Accessed December 18, 2012.
Placental abruption: abruptio placentae. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/placentalabruption.html . Updated November 2006. Accessed December 18, 2012.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -