Placenta praevia - Definition

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Definition


The placenta is an organ that is found solely in women during pregnancy. it serves as a link between the mother and her baby to supply the fetus with all the substances it needs to develop and grow. Placenta praevia defines an abnormally low implantation of the placenta, growing in the lower uterine segment. The main risk accompanying this condition is bleeding if the placenta becomes detached. If bleeding is observed during the last trimester of pregnancy, urgent consultation is required so that an ultrasound can be performed to assess the position of the placenta. The heartbeat of the fetus is also analyzed and, with the presence of certain factors, an extraction of the fetus by caesarian section can be recommended.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on October 29, 2013 at 07:16 AM by Jeff.
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