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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.

Additional recommended knowledge

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.

See also

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