Conservative Management of Placenta Accreta in a Multiparous Woman
Hunt, Jennifer C.
Placenta accreta refers to any abnormally invasive placental implantation. Diagnosis is suspected postpartum with failed delivery of a retained placenta. Massive obstetrical hemorrhage is a known complication, often requiring peripartum hysterectomy. We report a case of presumed placenta accreta in a patient following failed manual removal of a retained placenta. We describe an attempt at conservative management with methotrexate in a stable patient desiring future fertility. Treatment was unsuccessful and led to the development of a disseminated intrauterine infection complicated by a bowel obstruction, requiring both a hysterectomy and small bowel resection. In hemodynamically stable patients, conservative management of placenta accreta may involve leaving placental tissue in situ with subsequent administration of methotrexate. However, ongoing close observation is required to identify complications.
Jennifer C. Hunt, “Conservative Management of Placenta Accreta in a Multiparous Woman,” Journal of Pregnancy, vol. 2010, Article ID 329618, 5 pages, 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/329618