Placental abruption can cause life-threatening problems for both mother and baby.

For the mother, placental abruption can lead to:

  • Shock due to blood loss
  • Blood clotting problems (disseminated intravascular coagulation)
  • The need for a blood transfusion
  • Failure of the kidneys or other organs

For the baby, placental abruption can lead to:

  • Deprivation of oxygen and nutrients
  • Premature birth
  • Stillbirth

After the baby is born, bleeding from the site of the placental attachment is likely. If the bleeding can't be controlled, emergency removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) might be needed.

Jan. 10, 2012

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