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Conditions We Treat: Fetal Growth Restriction and Placental Dysfunction (Insufficiency)
Placental dysfunction is a pregnancy complication in which the placenta, which delivers oxygen and nutrients into the fetal bloodstream, fails to properly support a developing fetus. This can lead to growth restriction in the fetus and high blood pressure in the mother, called preeclampsia, which may cause preterm birth, neonatal complications, neurological abnormalities and even stillbirth.
Certain women are at greater risk for placental dysfunction, including those with high blood pressure, diabetes and/or anemia. Women who smoke or abuse alcohol or drugs also run the risk of placental dysfunction.
Placental Dysfunction: What You Need to Know
- Placental dysfunction can cause intrauterine growth restriction, a condition in which the fetus does not grow properly while in the womb.
- We understand the urgency involved with treating a placental dysfunction diagnosis. Our care team is available to take your call at any time and will see you as soon as possible.
- Care management plans for placental dysfunction include surveillance of fetal well-being and development in order to identify the timing and type of intervention that is required.
- After treatment for placental dysfunction, our patients will have continued access to the most advanced multidisciplinary care at Johns Hopkins, including our fetal, maternal and pediatric specialties.