"Placenta abnormalities can be serious, life-threatening medical obstetrical complications," Dr. Michael Krychman, Sexual Medicine Gynecologist, Executive Director of the Southern California Center For Sexual Health and Survivorship, tells Bustle. "With an accreta, you can hemorrhage and have serious life-threatening complications. When bleeding is uncontrollable, it may require transfusions and or life-saving surgical intervention, such as a hysterectomy."
With Placenta Accreta, What Happens To The Placenta?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, the placenta normally attaches to the uterine wall. But, if the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus, one of three issues can occur — placenta accreta, placenta increta, or placenta percreta. It will depend on the severity and deepness of the placenta attachment. Placenta accreta, the condition Kardashian had, is the most common of the three, accounting for approximately 75 percent of all cases, states the American Pregnancy Association. It happens when the placenta attaches too deep into the uterine wall; however, it does not penetrate the uterine muscle.
"A prenatal ultrasound with blood flow Doppler can be a helpful clinical tool for the OB/GYN as they monitor women with suspected accreta and or other placental abnormalities," Krychman says. "Surveillance and advanced preparation can be invaluable when planning management for these serious complications."
Here are seven key things to know about placenta accreta, and why it has the potential to be dangerous.