European Clinics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 128–130

Vasa praevia: a lethal threat to the fetus

Clinical Review

DOI: 10.1007/s11296-006-0040-y

Cite this article as:
Ameryckx, L. & Amy, J.J. Eur Clinics Obstet Gynaecol (2006) 2: 128. doi:10.1007/s11296-006-0040-y


Vasa praevia constitutes a rare obstetric complication that is potentially lethal for the generally healthy infant. If unrecognized antenatally, the condition carries a higher fetal mortality rate than any other complication in pregnancy. Only in the past two decades have major diagnostic advances led to a dramatic improvement of perinatal survival and lower morbidity rates. Good outcomes depend primarily on prenatal diagnosis and appropriate management. The performance of a caesarean section before rupture of the membranes and the onset of labour is mandatory. Simple modifications of standard screening protocols and the recognition of high-risk patients will allow identification of most cases of vasa praevia.


Vasa praevia Velamentous cord insertion Low-lying placenta Prenatal diagnosis Antepartum haemorrhage Colour Doppler 

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© European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyHomerton University HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Andrology and ObstetricsAcademisch Ziekenhuis-Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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