Placenta Abruptio - Topic Overview
You can't really tell how serious an abruption is by the
amount of vaginal bleeding. There might be a serious problem even if there is
only a little bleeding. Sometimes the blood can be trapped between the placenta
and the wall of the uterus. In rare cases, symptoms of shock will be the only
signs that there is a problem.
How is placenta abruptio diagnosed?
will ask questions about your symptoms and will check your baby’s heart rate.
You may have an
ultrasound test. Your doctor might also do a blood
test to see if you're
anemic from losing blood.
If your doctor
thinks that you have a placental abruption, you'll likely have to stay in the
hospital for at least a few hours. Your doctor will need to find out how severe
the abruption is, if it is getting worse, and if it is affecting your
How is it treated?
The kind of treatment you will
have depends on:
- How severe the abruption is.
it is affecting your baby.
- How close your due date is.
If you have a mild abruption, it may get better on its
own. You may just be closely watched for the rest of your pregnancy. You may
not have to stay in the hospital.
A medium to severe abruption
means that you will likely have to stay in the hospital so that the baby's
health can be watched closely. In most cases, the baby will need to be
delivered, sometimes by emergency
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