What Is Placental Abruption?
Placental abruption is when the placenta partially or completely detaches from the uterine wall.
It is a complication of pregnancy that requires immediate medical attention. The placenta is the organ that feeds and nourishes the unborn baby and disposes of the baby’s waste products. The placenta attaches to the wall of the uterus and supplies the baby with food and oxygen through the umbilical cord.
The symptoms of placental abruption may include vaginal bleeding, uterine tenderness, abdominal pain and abnormalities of the fetal heart rate. Doctors and nurses should immediately evaluate symptoms of placental abruption.
Treatment of placental abruption depends on the severity and location of the separation of the placenta and the age of the pregnancy.
The causes of or risk factors for placental abruption include preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension, smoking, maternal age, multiple gestation pregnancy, and trauma to the abdomen.
Contact Birth Injury Attorney Laura Brown
If you suffered a placental abruption during labor and delivery and your child was injured, it is possible that the injury was caused by lack of oxygen as a result of the abruption. In cases like this, we investigate and determine whether the injury to the child could have been prevented. Please call us at (214) 974-4121 so we can help you analyze the information and evaluate your legal rights and the rights of your child.