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Antepartum haemorrhage

Antepartum haemorrhage
Classification & external resources
ICD-10 O46.
ICD-9 641
DiseasesDB 0077

In obstetrics, antepartum haemorrhage (APH), also antepartum hemorrhage, is bleeding from the vagina during pregnancy from twenty weeks gestational age to term.

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.

It can be associated with reduced fetal birth weight.[1]

Bleeding without pain is most frequently bloody show, which is benign; however, it may also be placenta previa (in which both the mother and fetus are in danger). Painful APH is most frequency placental abruption.

Differential diagnosis of APH


  1. ^ 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. doi:10.1080/01443610063417. PMID 15512459.

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