Placental abruption and fetal demise secondary to placental metastases from unknown primary: a case report

J Reprod Med. Jul-Aug 2013;58(7-8):341-3.


Background: Although maternal malignancy is relatively common, maternal metastases to the products of conception remains a rare event. There is no available literature that describes the incidence of placental metastases as a cause of abruption and fetal death. importanc

Case: We present an unusual case of placental abruption and disseminated intravascular coagulation leading to fetal demise secondary to placental metastases of unknown origin.

Conclusion: In our case placental abruption likely resulted from metastases to the intervillous space.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abruptio Placentae / etiology*
  • Adult
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation / complications
  • Female
  • Fetal Death / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms, Unknown Primary / complications*
  • Neoplasms, Unknown Primary / pathology
  • Placenta Diseases* / pathology
  • Pregnancy