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Serious Infection Associated With Induced Abortion in the United States

DEMPSEY, ANGELA MD, MPH

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: December 2012 - Volume 55 - Issue 4 - p 888–892
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31826fd8f8
Severe Infections in Gynecology

Though serious infection after induced abortion is rare, infections account for one third of abortion-related deaths in the United States. Most fatal cases of infection after induced medical abortion have involved clostridial species. These reported cases share important clinical features that may guide clinicians to earlier recognition and institution of therapy. This article reviews our current knowledge regarding serious clostridial infections postabortion including the typical clinical presentation, pathophysiology, modes of diagnosis, and available treatment.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. E-mail: dempsear@musc.edu

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.