Center for Placenta Accreta Spectrum (CPAS)

MUSC Women’s Health has established a Center of Excellence for Placenta Accreta Spectrum to provide high-quality, specialized care for pregnant people diagnosed with morbidly adherent placenta (ex. placenta accreta, placenta increta, placenta percreta).

Placenta accreta is a rare condition in which placenta attaches too deeply to the uterine wall. Without accurate diagnosis and appropriate management, it can be incredibly dangerous for mother and baby with the risk of hemorrhage and other complications. At the MUSC Center for Placenta Accreta Spectrum, our interdisciplinary team of experts in maternal-fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, urology, anesthesia, neonatology and radiology work together to make an individualized plan for each patient.

Early diagnosis is important to ensure that appropriate delivery plans can be made. For the best outcome for mom and baby, delivery is typically planned in the late preterm period, around 34-36 weeks. If the placenta is not able to be safely removed after delivery of the baby, we may need to perform a hysterectomy, a surgical procedure where the uterus is removed. Ideally, the delivery occurs at its scheduled time with all teams present, but our team is ready and prepared to care for you at any time, day or night.

The MUSC team is available for consultation, ultrasound evaluation and counseling either in person or via telemedicine to help evaluate a patient. We have satellite offices in North Charleston, Florence, Bluffton in addition to the main campus in Charleston. Often the CPAS team can provide reassurance to the patient that the risk for accreta is low and local delivery can proceed as planned.

Physicians interested in consulting with the CPAS team can schedule an appointment at the MUSC Prenatal Wellness Center or an outreach office by calling 843-792-1414.