Pregnancy: Placenta Previa (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is placenta previa?
- What are the types of placenta previa?
- Who is at risk for placenta previa?
- What causes placenta previa?
- What are the symptoms of placenta previa?
- How is placenta previa diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for placenta previa?
- What are possible complications of placenta previa?
- Can placenta previa be prevented?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) for placenta previa?
- Placenta Previa At A Glance
- Find a local Obstetrician-Gynecologist in your town
Placenta Previa At A Glance
- Placenta previa is the attachment of the placenta to the wall of the uterus
in a location that completely or partially covers the uterine outlet (opening of
- Bleeding after the 20th week of gestation is the main symptom of placenta
- An ultrasound examination is used to establish the diagnosis of placenta
- Treatment of placenta previa involves bed rest and limitation of activity.
Tocolytic medications, intravenous fluids, and blood transfusions may be
required depending upon the severity of the condition.
- A Cesarean delivery is required for complete placenta previa.
- Other complications of pregnancy can be associated with placenta previa, but the majority of women deliver healthy babies.
REFERENCE: eMedicine.com; "Placenta Previa."
Last Editorial Review: 12/4/2009
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