Antepartum hemorrhage and its fetomaternal outcome: a retrospective study

Saloni K. Gandhi, Ayushi P. Vamja, Kishor P. Chauhan


Background: Antepartum hemorrhage (APH) is defined as any bleeding from or into the genital tract after the period of viability and before the delivery of the baby. Aim of the research was to study the fetomaternal outcome in patients with APH.

Methods: The present study was a retrospective observational study undertaken in Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of Dhiraj General Hospital, during a period of 1.5 years from November 2018 to May 2020 in 84 cases of antepartum hemorrhage. Only patients with APH >28 weeks gestational age and willing to participate in study were included. Open STAT statistical software has been used to analyse the data in this study.

Results: The incidence of antepartum hemorrhage was 2.86%. Maximum patients of APH lie between the age group of 26-34 years. In abruptio placenta (AP) 65% and in placenta previa (PP) 77.2% of the patients were multiparous. APH presents mostly between 34-36 weeks. Around 90% patients of APH required blood transfusion. APH overall shows increased rate of cesarean sections upto 62%. Around 9.5% patients went into shock, 4.7% had disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), 3.5% postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) and 8.3% had wound gap and peurperial pyrexia. 23.8% babies had asphyxia of which 60% were contributed to PP and 40% were in AP group. Respiratory distress syndrome was in 7.1% babies of which both groups equally contributed. Septicemia was seen in 13% and jaundice in 29.8%.

Conclusions: Higher rates of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admission and stay were seen with these complications. This study showed 20.2% perinatal deaths as outcome of APH and 14.2% still births.



Antepartum hemorrhage, Fetomaternal outcome, Placenta previa, Abruptio placenta

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