How do they diagnose placenta accreta?

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Jan 26, 2018

Doctors diagnose placenta accreta through an ultrasound.


Placenta accreta occurs when the placenta becomes deeply attached to the uterine wall and can result in severe blood loss during childbirth. Placenta Accreta may demonstrate vaginal bleeding in some cases, but is usually detected during routine ultrasounds. Treatment for placenta accreta usually involves a C-section, followed by a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus).

Understanding the Placenta
The placenta is an organ that develops during pregnancy that provides both nutrients and oxygen to the fetus. The placenta is connected to the wall of the uterus (womb), and nutrients are absorbed through the placental membrane.

What is Placenta Accreta?
Placenta accreta is a condition where the lining of the placenta becomes too deeply attached to the uterine wall. When delivering the baby, this can result in severe blood loss, because instead of detaching from the womb like a normal placenta, the placenta accreta remains partially attached to the uterine wall during childbirth.