Term: Placenta Previa

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05


A condition of pregnancy where a "placenta implanted in the lower segment of the uterus, presenting ahead of the leading pole of the fetus". (Oppenheimer L et al., 2007). For more information, please read the Diagnosis and Management of Placenta Previa on-line article by Oppenheimer et al. (2007) - accessed August 8, 2011.

In Heaman et al. (2012), a woman was considered to have had a placenta previa/abruptio placenta diagnosis if the ICD-10-CA code of O44 or O45 was present.

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  • Oppenheimer L, Armson A, Farine D, Keenan-Lindsay L, Morin V, Pressey T, Delisle MF, Gagnon R, Mundle WR, Van Aerde J. Diagnosis and management of placenta previa. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 2007;189:261-266. [Abstract] (View)

Term used in 

  • Heaman M, Kingston D, Helewa M, Brownell M, Derksen S, Bogdanovic B, McGowan K, Bailly A. Perinatal Services and Outcomes in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] [Errata] (View)