Antepartum haemorrhage (APH) refers to vaginal bleeding during the second half of pregnancy (> 20 weeks gestation). APH may occur in varying degrees from mild to severe, with concomitant risk to mother and baby and potential to result in severe maternal/fetal compromise, including death.
It complicates 3-5% of all pregnancies 3. APH is associated with an increased risk of Post partum haemorrhage.
- placental abruption
- placenta previa (20% of all APH)
- gestational trophoblastic disease
- vasa previa (rarest cause of haemorrhage in pregnancy 3)
- uterine rupture
- cervical or genital tract bleeding
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