Is pathologic confirmation of placental abruption more reliable in cases due to chronic etiologies compared with acute etiologies?

Debra Heller, Megan Keane-Tarchichi, Shalini Varshney

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Background: Pathology laboratories often receive requests for confirmation of abruption; however, pathologically, abruption can only be confirmed by the presence of adherent blood clot on the maternal surface that is indenting the underlying placental parenchyma. Design: We evaluated whether abruptions due to more chronic underlying medical conditions are more likely to have a retained indenting retroplacental clot that is detectable by the pathologist than abruptions due to acute etiologies. This was a retrospective review from January 1995 to June 2012 of cases with a clinical and/or pathologic diagnosis of abruption. Data were analyzed utilizing Fisher's exact test. Results: Ninety-six cases had sufficient available information for analysis. There was a significant association between pathologic identification of abruption and chronic risk factors (P=0.03). Twenty-five percent of cases with acute risk factors and 60% of cases with chronic risk factors had abruption confirmed at pathologic evaluation (P=0.12). Conclusion: Pathologically confirmable abruption is associated with chronic risk factors. There was a trend towards chronic risk factors leading to greater likelihood of pathologic confirmation of abruption than acute risk factors, but it did not reach statistical significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-703
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Perinatal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 4 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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