What is the prevalence of vaginal bleeding in abruptio placentae?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Shad H Deering, MD; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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Vaginal bleeding is present in 80% of patients diagnosed with placental abruptions.

Bleeding may be significant enough to jeopardize fetal and maternal health in a relatively short period.

Remember that 20% of abruptions are associated with a concealed hemorrhage, and the absence of vaginal bleeding does not exclude a diagnosis of abruptio placentae.

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