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Placental Abruption

Placental abruption is a complication of pregnancy that requires immediate medical attention. The placenta is the organ during pregnancy that feeds and nourishes the baby and disposes of the baby's waste products. The placenta is attached to the wall of the uterus. Placental abruption occurs when the placenta peels, tears or rips away from the uterine wall, either partially or completely, before delivery. Placental abruption can disrupt blood flow to the baby and deprive the baby of oxygen causing a brain injury, also placental abruption can cause sever bleeding in the mother.

The symptoms of placental abruption may include vaginal bleeding, uterine tenderness, abdominal pain and abnormalities of the fetal heart rate. Doctors and nurses should immediately evaluate symptoms of placental abruption.

Treatment of placental abruption depends on the severity and location of the separation of the placenta and the age of the pregnancy.

The causes of or risk factors for placental abruption include preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension, smoking, maternal age, multiple gestation pregnancy, trauma to the abdomen.


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