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Practice Bulletin No. 200: Early Pregnancy Loss

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002899
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Early pregnancy loss, or loss of an intrauterine pregnancy within the first trimester, is encountered commonly in clinical practice. Obstetricians and gynecologists should understand the use of various diagnostic tools to differentiate between viable and nonviable pregnancies and offer the full range of therapeutic options to patients, including expectant, medical, and surgical management. The purpose of this Practice Bulletin is to review diagnostic approaches and describe options for the management of early pregnancy loss.

This information is designed as an educational resource to aid clinicians in providing obstetric and gynecologic care, and use of this information is voluntary. This information should not be considered as inclusive of all proper treatments or methods of care or as a statement of the standard of care. It is not intended to substitute for the independent professional judgment of the treating clinician. Variations in practice may be warranted when, in the reasonable judgment of the treating clinician, such course of action is indicated by the condition of the patient, limitations of available resources, or advances in knowledge or technology. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reviews its publications regularly; however, its publications may not reflect the most recent evidence. Any updates to this document can be found on www.acog.org or by calling the ACOG Resource Center.

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Number 200 (Replaces Practice Bulletin Number 150, May 2015)

Committee on Practice Bulletins Gynecology. This Practice Bulletin was developed by the ACOG Committee on Practice Bulletins—Gynecology in collaboration with Sarah Prager, MD; Vanessa K. Dalton, MD, MPH; and Rebecca H. Allen, MD, MPH.

Literature Search Dates: January 2000–July 2014

INTERIM UPDATE: This Practice Bulletin is updated as highlighted to reflect recent evidence regarding the use of mifepristone combined with misoprostol for medical management of early pregnancy loss. This Practice Bulletin also includes limited, focused updates to align with Practice Bulletin No. 181, Prevention of Rh D Alloimmunization.

Published online on August 29, 2018.

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Early pregnancy loss. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 200. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2018;132. DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002899. Epub 2018 August 29.

Received August 01, 2018

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