Nonsurgical management of placenta percreta: A case report

Richard S. Legro, Fredric V. Price, Lyndon M. Hill, Steve N. Caritis

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Background: Although placenta percreta is rare, its sequelae include potentially lethal hemorrhage and loss of reproductive function. Therapy directed toward control of life-threatening hemorrhage frequently includes emergency hysterectomy. Case: A woman with placenta percreta, suspected clinically and documented radiographically, was treated nonsur-gically. Following delivery, the placenta was left in situ and methotrexate chemotherapy was initiated to aid destruction of the trophoblastic tissue. Eight months later, hysteroscopy showed a normal uterine cavity with only a small area of calcification at the presumed implantation site. Two years later, the patient had a normal pregnancy and vaginal delivery. Conclusion: Placenta percreta can be managed with preservation of the uterus, but careful follow-up may be required until the entire placenta has resorbed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-849
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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