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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2b756
Pregnancy Termination

Complications of Surgical Abortion

DIEDRICH, JUSTIN MD; STEINAUER, JODY MD, MAS

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Abstract

Surgical abortion is one of the most common procedures performed in reproductive-aged women and when performed by a skilled provider in the appropriate setting, it is one of the safest surgeries. Though the risk of complications is low, it increases exponentially with gestational age. Factors increasing risk of morbidity may be demographic, such as increasing patient age; medical, such as prior cesarean delivery; and procedural, such as inadequate dilation. This chapter will provide information on how to recognize factors that increase risk, steps to minimize risk, and to identify and manage complications promptly.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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