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Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

There is no known way to prevent this condition.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

When a partial placenta previa is found early in pregnancy, it may be managed or change so that a vaginal birth is possible. Complete placenta previa usually calls for a cesarean section when the fetus is mature or if the mother starts to bleed heavily.

In some cases, the mother:

  • suffers blood loss and shock
  • gets an infection
  • develops an embolism or blood clot
  • must have a hysterectomy if the placenta will not separate from the uterus
  • While the mother is usually fine, birth trauma or a hemorrhage may harm the baby. In 15% to 20% of cases, the baby dies. This may be due to not getting enough oxygen in the uterus, prematurity, or other causes of fetal distress.

    What are the risks to others?

    Complications may harm the baby or cause its death.

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    Placenta Previa: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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