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Is retained placenta serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A retained placenta can lead to excessive bleeding or hemorrhage. When the placenta remains attached to the uterine wall, following birth, the uterus is unable to effectively contract to control bleeding. The retained placenta is also a potential source for an infection to develop. Therefore to prevent problems, the physician or midwife will inspect the placenta at the time of the delivery. If it appears that any tissue is remaining in the uterine cavity, interventions to remove it will be initiated.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Retained placenta can lead to hemorrhaging, which can be very dangerous. It also increases the risk of infection. Women with symptoms of retained placenta need to seek immediate medical care. Though it is usually discovered after birth, remnants of the placenta can be retained and cause serious health problems.

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