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Placenta Previa

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by Rosenblum L
 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. A pelvic exam will not be done if placenta previa is a possibility. A pelvic exam may cause bleeding. Instead, an ultrasound will be done through the vagina or abdomen to view the placenta in the uterus. If placenta previa is detected early in pregnancy, with or without bleeding, another ultrasound will be done during the third trimester to be sure it has resolved.
If you had cesarean section in the past, and the ultrasound indicates a potential problem with the placenta, your doctor may recommend an MRI scan.
 

RESOURCES

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
http://www.acog.org

FamilyDoctor.org - American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Women's Health Matters
http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca

 

References


Placenta previa. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/placentaprevia.html. Updated May 2007. Accessed August 6, 2013.


Placenta previa. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 15, 2012. Accessed August 6, 2013.


Pregnancy complications. US Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/pregnancy-complications.html. Updated September 27, 2010. Accessed August 6, 2013.


5/12/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Podrasky AE, Javitt MC, et al. American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria for second and third trimester bleeding. Available at: http://www.acr.org/~/media/ACR/Documents/AppCriteria/Diagnostic/SecondAndThirdTrimesterBleeding.pdf. Updated 2013. Accessed May 12, 2014.

 

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