Placental Abruption Birth Injury

Placental Abruption Condition

What is Placental Abruption?

placental abruption conditionThe placenta is an organ that forms during pregnancy. It is attached to the uterine wall and provides nourishment and oxygen to the baby. In about one percent of pregnancies, the placenta peels away from the wall of the uterus in what doctors refer to as placental abruption.

The severity of placental abruption varies, from partial nonthreatening detachment to complete separation from the uterus. Because the growing baby relies on the placenta for nutrients and oxygen, the abruption of the placenta can have devastating effects. The greater the separation between placenta and uterine wall, the greater the risk for birth injuries.

Symptoms

Vaginal bleeding is not a definitive sign of placental abruption condition, but it is a symptom. The amount of bleeding can vary and does not necessarily denote the severity of the abruption because some of the blood might be trapped behind the placenta in the uterus.

Back pain and abdominal pain are frequently associated with placental abruption. The uterus might feel especially tender or sore. A combination of this pain and vaginal bleeding is a sure sign to contact a medical professional immediately.

Causes and Risks

Placental abruptions happen suddenly, and as such are difficult to prepare for or prevent. Incidences of trauma or abdominal injury can also cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall. The risk of placental abruption is higher if:

  • mother had previous placental abruptions
  • mother has high blood pressure
  • mother has blood-clotting disorder
  • mother has had multiple pregnancies
  • mother is over the age of 40

A placental abruption can leave both mother and child severely damaged.

Birth Injury Lawyers in Michigan

Failure to diagnose placental abruption and deliver the baby before brain damage occurs may be grounds for legal action. Thurswell Law’s experienced attorneys will fight for justice for those who have been affected by malpractice related to placental abruptions. Call Thurswell Law today for a free consultation at 248-354-2222.

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