Research Article| Volume 7, ISSUE 4, P865-875, October 1991

Abruptio Placentae

  • Alfred David Fleming
    Address reprint requests to: Alfred David Fleming, MD, The Perinatal Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Creighton University School of Medicine, 601 North 30th Street, Suite 4810, Omaha, NE 68131
    Director, Perinatal Ultrasound, Associate Director, The Perinatal Center, and Associate Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Creighton University, School of Medicine, Omaha, Nesbraska
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      Placental abruption is a common obstetric complication resulting from premature separation of the placenta. Although many factors and conditions have been associated with abruption, a clear etiology cannot be determined in many cases. While most cases of placentae abruption result in fetal salvage, this condition remains a major cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. In addition, in more severe cases maternal complications can be serious, warranting intensive care and invasive hemodynamic monitoring.
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