Antepartum haemorrhage

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Antepartum haemorrhage
Classification and external resources
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ICD-10 O46
ICD-9-CM 641
DiseasesDB 30077
Patient UK Antepartum haemorrhage
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In obstetrics, antepartum haemorrhage (APH), also prepartum hemorrhage, is genital bleeding during pregnancy from the [1] 24th week (sometimes defined as from the 20th week[1][2]) gestational age to term.

It can be associated with reduced fetal birth weight.[3]

In regard to treatment, it should be considered a medical emergency (regardless of whether there is pain) and medical attention should be sought immediately, as if it is left untreated it can lead to death of the mother and/or fetus.

Causes of APH

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 » PatientPlus » Antepartum Haemorrhage
  2. The Royal Women’s Hospital > antepartum haemorrhage Retrieved on Jan 13, 2009
  3. Lam CM, Wong SF, Chow KM, Ho LC (2000). "Women with placenta praevia and antepartum haemorrhage have a worse outcome than those who do not bleed before delivery". Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 20 (1): 27–31. PMID 15512459. doi:10.1080/01443610063417. 

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