BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007782

Placenta percreta: rare presentation of haemorrhage in the second trimester

  1. Nalini Gupta
  1. PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sujata Siwatch, siwatch1{at}


A 25-year-old woman, third gravid, with previous two miscarriages presented to the emergency at 17 weeks 2 days of gestation with complaints of pain in the abdomen for 1 day and decreased urine output for 2 days. She was in shock. There was no history of bleeding per vaginum, trauma, surgical procedure or medical illness. Her obstetrical history was marked by a spontaneous second trimester miscarriage at 24 weeks that was followed by fever for 1 week. Ultrasound revealed an extra uterine fetus with sac en caul secondary to uterine rupture. She was resuscitated and taken up for emergency salvage laparotomy. The ragged fundal rent was excised and uterine reconstruction was performed. Histology revealed placenta percreta. The patient had a rapid recovery.

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