Abruptio placenta

Baby in uterus, showing placenta separated from wall of uterus and bleeding

Abruptio placenta is the early separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus before the fetus is delivered. This can cause serious problems, including bleeding.

Current as of: May 29, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
William Gilbert MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
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