A. Marginal separation.
B. Partial separation.
C. Complete separation.
D. None of the above.
Type of abruptio placentae as shown in the photograph above represents Complete separation.
Placental abruption is the separation of the placenta from the uterine lining. This condition usually occurs in the third trimester but can occur any time after the 20th week of pregnancy. Only about 1% of all pregnant women will experience placental abruption.
In a case with a total or complete separation, delivery is often the safest course of action. If the fetus is stable, vaginal delivery may be an option. If the fetus is in distress or the mom is experiencing severe bleeding, then a cesarean delivery would be necessary. Unfortunately, there is no treatment that can stop the placenta from detaching and there is no way to reattach it.