Retained placenta: will medical treatment ever be possible?

Akol, Achier D and Weeks, Andrew D ORCID: 0000-0002-1909-337X
(2016) Retained placenta: will medical treatment ever be possible? ACTA OBSTETRICIA ET GYNECOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, 95 (5). pp. 501-504.

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The standard treatment for retained placenta is manual removal whatever its subtype (adherens, trapped or partial accreta). Although medical treatment should reduce the risk of anesthetic and surgical complications, they have not been found to be effective. This may be due to the contrasting uterotonic needs of the different underlying pathologies. In placenta adherens, oxytocics have been used to contract the retro-placental myometrium. However, if injected locally through the umbilical vein, they bypass the myometrium and perfuse directly into the venous system. Intravenous injection is an alternative but exacerbates a trapped placenta. Conversely, for trapped placentas, a relaxant could help by resolving cervical constriction, but would worsen the situation for placenta adherens. This confusion over medical treatment will continue unless we can find a way to diagnose the underlying pathology. This will allow us to stop treating the retained placenta as a single entity and to deliver targeted treatments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Retained placenta, medical treatment, way through medical treatment, delivery, postpartum hemorrhage
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 17:18
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 12:52
DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12848
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