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A subchorionic hematoma or hemorrhage is bleeding between the wall of the uterus and one of the sacs (chorion) that surrounds the embryo inside the uterus. It is a common cause of bleeding in early pregnancy.
The main symptom is vaginal bleeding. But some people don't have symptoms. They may find out they have a hematoma during an ultrasound test.
In most cases, the bleeding goes away on its own. Most people go on to have a healthy baby. But in some cases, the bleeding is a sign of a miscarriage or other problem with the pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife may want to do a follow-up ultrasound.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor, midwife, or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor, midwife, or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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