Poor perinatal outcome associated with vasa previa: is it preventable? A report of three cases and review of the literature

Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Dec;12(6):430-3. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-0705.1998.12060430.x.


We describe three cases of vasa previa and review the English-language literature for all cases reported since 1980. Antenatal diagnosis was significantly associated with decreased fetal mortality (p = 0.033). A low-lying placenta is a risk factor for vasa previa, as it occurred in 81% of patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cesarean Section
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Labor Presentation*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Risk Factors
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*
  • Umbilical Cord / diagnostic imaging*
  • Umbilical Cord / pathology*