What is the role of trauma in the etiology of abruptio placentae?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Shad H Deering, MD; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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Abdominal trauma is a major risk factor for placental abruption.

Motor vehicle accidents often cause abdominal trauma. The lower seat belt should extend across the pelvis, not across the midabdomen, where the fetus is located.

Trauma may also be due to domestic abuse or assault, both of which are underreported.


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