Placenta Previa : What Is It & Treatments

placenta previa : what is it & treatments

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Overview

A condition where the placenta (a temporary organ that develops during pregnancy) covers the opening of the cervix. It can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy.

Symptoms

Bright red vaginal bleeding without pain during the second trimester is the most evident symptom.

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Causes

The cause of placenta previa is not known.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis aims at determining the location of the placenta.

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Highlights

  • Treatable by a medical professional
  • Diagnosed by medical professional
  • Requires lab test or imaging
  • Can last several weeks or months
  • Common for ages 35 and older
  • May be dangerous or life threatening
  • Urgent medical attention recommended

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of bleeding. C-section may be necessary in case of excessive bleeding.

Procedure

Blood transfusion: Blood components are added to replace the deficiencies within the bloodstream.

Cesarean section: Surgical delivery of a baby to avoid excessive bleeding. Usually done in cases of severe bleeding.

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Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. Consult a medical professional for advice. Source: Focus Medica.
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