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J Obstet Gynaecol. 2006 Feb;26(2):149-51.

An audit of gynaecological procedures in Jehovah's Witnesses in an inner city hospital.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, North Middlesex Hospital, London, UK.


A retrospective study of Jehovah Witness women between January 1994 and December 2003 was performed. Gynaecologists are concerned about operating on Jehovah's Witnesses because of the potential for haemorrhage during surgery. Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept donor blood but some will permit their own blood to be stored pre-operatively and administered during surgery if deemed necessary. Approximately 150,000 Jehovah's Witnesses live in the UK but little on gynaecological procedures in Jehovah's Witnesses has been published. There were 64 procedures (14 major, 18 intermediate and 32 minor) in 53 women with a median age of 42 years. There were no perioperative deaths, but postoperative anaemia was common. Our study showed that major, intermediate and minor gynaecological procedures can be performed without significant morbidity on Jehovah's Witnesses but a protocol should be available to outline management of those who refuse blood.

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