Coping with placenta praevia and accreta in a DGH setting and words of caution

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2005 May;25(4):334-8. doi: 10.1080/01443610500119739.


The incidence of placenta praevia and accreta has been increasing with rising caesarean section rates. We highlight the increasing incidence of severe post-partum haemorrhage due to placenta accreta. Four cases occurred within 3 years (2002--2004) in a small District General Hospital (DGH) with a delivery rate of 1,800 per year. All of the cases had previous caesarean sections and three had an associated anterior low-lying placenta. These patients were diagnosed to have placenta accreta in the third stage of labour, as the placenta was completely adherent and was difficult to remove. However, two of them had a provisional diagnosis made of placenta accreta and prophylactic measures had been taken in the form of counselling and consent for possible hysterectomy. Patients were counselled regarding this condition, and the possible need for hysterectomy was discussed. Two of them had to be managed by post-partum hysterectomy and the other two were treated conservatively. The purpose of writing these case reports is to warn others of the need for vigilance, particularly in keeping their primary caesarean section rates down and being prepared for long-term complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section
  • Female
  • Hospitals, General*
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy
  • Placenta Accreta / surgery*
  • Placenta Previa / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Pregnancy