Placental Abruption Risks - What Expecting Mothers Need to Know

Placental Abruption Risks - What Expecting Mothers Need to Know

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 23-Feb-2017

Placental abruption is a condition where the placenta becomes separated from the uterine lining. It can become partially or completely separated, and generally occurs in the third trimester, or any time after the 20th week of pregnancy. It is estimated that only about 1% of all pregnancies will experience this dangerous condition. Symptoms include bleeding of the vagina, pain in the abdomen, tenderness of the uterine, and rapid contractions.

Placental abruption cannot be reversed, and the placenta cannot be reattached to the uterine lining. In order to diagnose this condition, the doctor may use an ultrasound, blood tests, fetal monitoring, and symptom evaluation. Depending on the severity of the separation, as well as its location and how far along the pregnancy is, treatment may include bed rest and intensive monitoring. This is commonly used for slight separations early on in the pregnancy. However, delivery of the baby may be necessary for more severe cases.

What factors put mothers at risk for this condition?

  • Hypertension or preeclampsia
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Uterus abnormalities
  • Previous placental abruption
  • Use of cocaine during pregnancy

Furthermore, women who smoke or who are over the age of 35 are at greater risk for this condition. Women who are pregnant with twins or triplets may also be more at risk for placental abruption than others. If you feel any unusual or painful symptoms during pregnancy, it is important to talk with your doctor immediately and receive treatment.

Knowledgeable Legal Services for Those Injured by Medical Professionals

Healthcare providers owe a duty of care to patients. This involves using safe, effective, and accurate treatments, and making correct diagnoses. If you suffer placental abruption or other conditions while pregnant, and your doctor fails to provide a remedy, our firm can guide you through the process to pursue justice for your injuries. Our Orlando birth injury lawyers have decades of legal experience and will work diligently for your case.

For dedicated representation in a medical malpractice case, call our firm today at (855) 338-0720. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients.

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