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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181ce6aef
Postpartum Hemorrhage

Placenta Accreta and Postpartum Hemorrhage

HULL, ANDREW D. MD, FRCOG, FACOG; RESNIK, ROBERT MD, FACOG

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Abstract

Placenta accreta is the abnormal adherence of the placenta to the uterine wall. Where placenta accreta is present, the failure of the placenta to separate normally from the uterus after delivery is accompanied by severe postpartum hemorrhage. The best outcomes in placenta accreta are in prenatally diagnosed electively delivered cases. Management should take place in centers with special expertise. All obstetric units should have an obstetric hemorrhage protocol in place.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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