Exams and Tests
A separation of the placenta from the uterine wall, or placenta abruptio, can be difficult to identify. Diagnosis is based on a physical exam, a medical history, and a process of elimination. Testing may include:
- Reference Fetal heart monitoring, to assess the fetus's condition and check for contractions of the uterus.
- An Reference ultrasound test, which can detect about 50% of placental abruptions.Reference 1 A negative ultrasound result does not necessarily guarantee that the placenta is intact.
- A blood test for Reference anemia Opens New Window. A woman with placenta abruptio can become anemic from excessive blood loss.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 3, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine