abruptio placentae

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(placental abruption) bleeding from a normally situated placenta causing its complete or partial detachment from the uterine wall after the 24th week of gestation. There may be varying degrees of shock; disseminated intravascular coagulation is a further complication. Abruptio placentae is often associated with hypertension and pre-eclampsia.

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