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J Radiol Case Rep. 2010;4(5):32-40. doi: 10.3941/jrcr.v4i5.343. Epub 2010 May 1.

Expectant and medical management of placenta increta in a primiparous woman presenting with postpartum haemorrhage: The role of Imaging.

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  • 1Dept of OBGY, JIPMER, Puduchery, India.


We report a case of postpartum hemorrhage due to adherent placenta. A 28 year old primiparous woman who underwent manual removal of placenta for primary postpartum haemorrhage soon after delivery was referred to our Institute on her third postnatal day because of persistent tachycardia and low grade fever. Placenta accreta was suspected on initial ultrasonographic examination. MRI examination confirmed the diagnosis of placenta accreta in few areas and revealed increta in other areas. On expectant management she developed genital tract sepsis and hence she was treated with intravenous Methotrexate after controlling infection with appropriate antibiotics. Doppler Imaging showed decreased blood flow to the placental mass and increased echogenecity on gray scale USG after Methotrexate administration. She expelled the whole placental mass on 35th postnatal day and MRI performed the next day showed empty uterine cavity. Morbid adhesion of placenta should be suspected even in primiparous women without any risk factors when there is history of post-partum hemorrhage. MRI is the best modality for evaluation of adherent placenta.


MRI; Manual removal of placenta; Methotrexate; Placenta accreta & increta

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