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Infectious Complications of Pregnancy Termination


Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2b6dd
Pregnancy Termination

Infectious complications are a significant source of morbidity and mortality associated with pregnancy termination worldwide. However, in areas where abortion practices are legal, the risk of infection is very low. Proper technique, prophylaxis, and initial management of septic abortion have led to a significant decrease in risk of serious complications such as sepsis and death. Clinical features, management, and prevention of postabortal infection will be reviewed in the setting of legalized abortion.

Author Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Funding Disclosures: None.

Correspondence: Lisa Rahangdale, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Stanford University, 300 Pasteur Dr HH333, Stanford, CA 94317. E-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.