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Placental Abruption

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is placental abruption?

Placental abruption is a condition in which all or part of your placenta separates from the wall of your uterus. It usually occurs during the second half of pregnancy. Placental abruption is a serious condition that can become life-threatening to you and your baby.

What causes or increases my risk for placental abruption?

Placental abruption may be caused by an injury to your abdomen. The cause may not be known. Your risk of placental abruption increases as you get older. The following may also increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of placental abruption?

You may not have any signs or symptoms, or you may have any of the following:

How is placental abruption diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your uterus and look for signs of bleeding and blood clots. Your provider will ask about your symptoms. Your provider will also check your baby's heart rate and movement.

How is placental abruption treated?

Treatment depends on how severe the placental abruption is, and how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my obstetrician?

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