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Pregnant Mother Loses Baby After Doctor Dismisses Concerns of Bleeding

At 36 weeks of pregnancy this 23 year old mother called her OB-GYN because she had started bleeding. The doctor explained that her checkup had been the prior day and that the doctor was comfortable that she was fine. Later that day the pregnant patient called again because she had cramping in addition to the bleeding. Once again, the doctor said he was comfortable that the patient was fine because he had checked her the day before. The bleeding and cramping continued for 2 or 3 days. Soon thereafter (8 days after the initial phone call) the pregnant patient began to hemorrhage. Although an emergency Caesarean Section (C-Section) was performed this family lost the baby due to a placental abruption. The main question in this case is whether or not the abruption would have been seen on an ultrasound had the OB-GYN brought mom into the office at the time of her initial concerns of bleeding and cramping.
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