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What causes placental abruption?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The cause of placental abruption is unknown in most cases. Maternal hypertension has been identified as a consistent risk factor. Cigarette smoking, cocaine use and poor nutrition are associated with increased risk. External abdominal trauma as a result of falls, motor vehicle accidents or battering can result in placental abruption.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A definitive cause for placental abruption is usually difficult to pinpoint. It some cases, though, doctors can link the condition to certain factors, including: an umbilical cord that is much shorter than normal direct impact or blow to the pregnant woman's belly (like that experienced in a car accident or injury) a severe reduction in the amniotic fluid in the uterus

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