How We Treat Placental Disorders
Based on the specifics of your case, we will plan a treatment course that
addresses your unique needs and provides both you and your baby with the
support necessary for an outstanding outcome.
are available to you every step of the way to answer questions and provide
you and your family with the highest quality of care, which will be
tailored to your individual needs. In addition to taking care of your
medical needs, we also will provide you with an array of personal supports
throughout your pregnancy.
Under the best of circumstances, pregnancy can be a difficult event for a
woman and her family, and a placental disorder can add to this stress. One
of our jobs is to help minimize these stressors and keep you both
physically and mentally well during your care with us.
Placental Disorders We Treat
Placental disorders are usually diagnosed by ultrasound in the second
trimester (about 16 to 18 weeks into a pregnancy). MRI is sometimes used to
confirm diagnosis. At the New England Center for Placental Disorders, our
experts in prenatal ultrasound and MRI work together to help diagnose our
patients and ensure the most optimal plan of care.
The placenta covers some or all of the cervix.
Usually detected on ultrasound; a common symptom is vaginal bleeding,
especially during the third trimester.
Beginning labor can tear the placenta covering the cervix, causing
The placenta grows too firmly or too deeply into the lining of the
uterus, making it unable to separate from the uterine wall upon
delivery (as a normal placenta does), potentially leading to hemorrhage
and other complications.
Risk factors for all types of placental disorders include previous
uterine surgeries, especially cesarean sections.
Placenta Increta and Placenta Percreta
A placenta increta occurs when the placenta grows at least halfway
through the wall of the uterus.
A placenta percreta occurs when the placenta grows completely through
the wall of the uterus; in some cases, placental tissue will continue
to grow into nearby pelvic organs, including the bladder or colon.
If placenta percreta is suspected, MRI is sometimes used to assist in
diagnosis and in creating a care management plan.