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Antepartum Haemorrhage - Symptoms and Treatment

Antepartum Haemorrhage is the bleeding during the second half of pregnancy, before labour commences or it can also be defined as the bleeding after 24 weeks gestation up until labour. Before 24 weeks, bleeding heralds threatened or inevitable abortion. APH occurs in 2% of pregnancies and is an important cause of foetal and maternal death 30% of maternal deaths are caused by APH, of which 50% are associated with avoidable factors. When antepartum haemorrhage of any type occurs, the diagnosis of placenta praevia should be suspected and hospital admission advised. Incidental antepartum haetnorrhage is haemorrhage which occurs from the genital tract but not from the site of the placenta or its implantation.




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