Placenta previa: risk factors, feto-maternal outcome and complications


  • Pushpa A. Yadava Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India
  • Riya R. Patel Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India
  • Anushka S. Mehta Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India



Antepartum hemorrhage, Bleeding per vaginum, Maternal and perinatal outcome, Placenta previa, Risk factors


Background: Placenta previa is defined as placenta that is implanted somewhere in the lower uterine segment either over or very near the internal cervical os. Placenta previa and coexistent accrete syndromes contribute substantively to maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality.

Methods: All This is a retrospective study of 88 cases of placenta previa, which were admitted under department of obstetrics and gynecology in our institute during July 2017 to June 2019. All patients of placenta previa with gestational age > 28 weeks up to full term were included in the study. All cases were confirmed by ultrasound examination. Outcome measures prevalence of placenta previa, maternal and neonatal outcomes, and case fatality rate.

Results: The total number of deliveries performed during the study period was 16330, of them, 88 cases were placenta previa. Thus, the prevalence of PP was 0.53%. Multiparity was one of the etiological factors in 84.09%, whereas previous LSCS was 47.73%, previous H/O D and E was 14.73%, previous H/O placenta previa was 7.95%. Obstetric hysterectomy was done in 7 (7.95%) patients out of 88 patients. 92.04% of patients delivered with cesarean section and 7.95% patients delivered with normal vaginal delivery. 22 (26.50%) babies out of 83 live born were admitted in NICU.

Conclusions: Advancing maternal age, multiparity, prior cesarean section, and prior abortions are independent risk factors for placenta previa. Placenta previa remains a risk factor for adverse maternal and perinatal outcome. The detection of placenta previa should encourage a careful evaluation with timely delivery to reduce the associated maternal and perinatal complications. Measures to reduce the primary caesarean section rate should be adopted.


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