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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Dec;99(3):221-4. Epub 2007 Sep 24.

Termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly.

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Department of Perinatology, Bakirkoy Women and Children Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. halil34aslan@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the indications of termination of pregnancy (TOP) for fetal anomaly beyond 22 weeks of gestation.

METHODS:

All pregnant women who underwent TOP for fetal anomaly between January 2002 and December 2006 were divided into 2 groups: group 1 (< or =22 weeks of gestation); and group 2 (>22 weeks of gestation). A comparative analysis of the prenatal diagnosis, established by ultrasound, and the results of postmortem findings was performed.

RESULTS:

There were 249 (53.8%) and 214 (42.6%) cases in group 1 and group 2, respectively. TOP was performed at a mean gestational age of 22.1+/-5.37 weeks. The majority of group 2 TOPs (78%) were performed because of central nervous system defects, multiple malformations, and chromosomal diseases.

CONCLUSION:

A substantial proportion of TOPs for fetal anomaly beyond 22 weeks of gestation could have been performed earlier with timely diagnosis.

PMID:
17889880
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.05.047
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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