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Placenta Abruption | Romanucci & Blandin

The placenta is an organ that that connects the fetus to the uterine wall in order for the baby to receive food and oxygen during the pregnancy.  With a normal pregnancy, then placenta will stay attached to the uterine wall until the baby is born.  After delivery, the placenta should separate from the uterus naturally and be delivered through the birth canal.  In some cases though, the placenta will detach prematurely from the uterine wall and this is known as placental abruption.  This can occur during the pregnancy as early as 20 weeks.  Most often, though, it will occur during labor as a result of the contractions causing the placenta to tear.

What Causes Placental Abruption?

Placental abruption can be caused by several different conditions or risk factors, including:

  • Abnormal uterine blood vessels
  • Accidental puncture of the placenta (amniocentesis)
  • Alcohol use
  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Cocaine usage
  • Elevated maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein during the second trimester
  • Having a male baby
  • Having placental abruption in the past
  • Injury to the uterus
  • Maternal hypertension
  • Mothers who are younger than 20 or over the age of 35
  • Trauma of contractions during labor
  • Uterine fibroids

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

There are a few different signs and symptoms for placental abruption, including:

  • Bleeding during the second half of pregnancy
  • Excessive bleeding during labor
  • Fetal distress
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Uterine contractions that last longer than normal during labor
  • Uterus that becomes hard during labor

If placental abruption is causing fetal distress or non-reassuring fetal beats on the fetal monitor, the baby will need to be delivered immediately by C-section.  The baby must be delivered in under 18 minutes to avoid any permanent brain damage from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (birth asphyxia).

Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney

RB Law has experience handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from placental abruption.  If your baby suffered any brain damage as a result of lack of oxygen due to a medical mishap resulting from placental abruption, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.

If you have questions regarding your birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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