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Placentae Abruptio / Placental Abruption

General Information

Placentae Abruptio occurs when the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before the baby has been born. The separation may be only partial, or the placenta may completely come away. Some partial abruptions may be treated with strict bed rest, and careful monitoring, but more serious abruptions require the baby to be delivered as soon as possible, often by caesarean section. The causes of placental abruption are often unknown, although high blood pressure, maternal diabetes or abdominal trauma (such as in a car accident) may contribute.

Internet Links

Medline Plus Health Information - Placenta Abruptio
eMedicine - Abruptio Placentae
eMedicine - Abruptio Placentae (different to above)

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