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Noha Gomaan Alghamdi , Zaker Mohammed Khoj , Rawan Obaid Alguthami , Ghofran Bader Al –Saif , Anmar Abdulfattah Ismail Alkhudhari , Muruj Salah Filfilan , Shahad abdulaziz aloufi


Introduction: Premature separation of placenta is called placental abruption. They are classified as revealed and concealed. It occurs in about 1% of pregnancies and has a relatively high mortality and morbidity for mother as well as the fetus. Aim: In this review we aim to understand the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of placental abruption. Methodology: we conducted this review using a comprehensive search of MEDLINE, PubMed and EMBASE from January 1970 to March 2017. The following search terms were used: placental abruption, bleeding in pregnancy, hemorrhage, management of placental abruption Conclusion: Placental abruption continues to be an important cause of significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality and is highly determined by the gestational age. Management can vary from conservative to immediate cesarean section, and close monitoring is crucial. Keywords: placental abruption, bleeding in pregnancy, hemorrhage


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