Maternal and fetal outcome in abruptio placentae at a tertiary care centre: a retrospective analysis




Abruptio placenta, Postpartum haemorrhage, Disseminated intravascular coagulation


Background: Placental abruption is a major obstetric complication leading to increased risk of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality globally. Placental abruption is traditionally defined as premature separation of a normally implanted placenta after 20 weeks of gestation and before delivery of the fetus. Early recognition of the risk factors, timely diagnosis and early intervention can significantly reduce maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. This study was aimed to identify the associated risk factors with abruptio placenta and to analyse the maternal and perinatal outcome in abruptio placenta.

Methods: This was a retrospective observational study, from Jan 2016 to Dec 2019 at M.S. Ramaiah medical college and hospitals, Bangalore.

Results: In our study, the incidence of abruptio placenta was 0.95%. Majority of our patients were between 20-24 years (41.5%). Primigravidae accounted for 46.15% of the cases. The unbooked cases were 92%. The commonest risk factor was hypertension complicating pregnancy which accounted for 26% .The live births were 64%. Postpartum haemorrhage was one of the major complications in our study. There was no maternal mortality, probably due to early intervention and availability of blood and blood products.

Conclusions: Timely diagnosis and appropriate intervention preferably in tertiary care centre will significantly reduce mortality and morbidity in both mother and fetus.


Author Biographies

Jessica C. Fernandes, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Assistant Professor

Dept OF Obs & Gyn

Nandini Gopalakrishna, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India


Dept OF Obs & Gyn


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