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N Engl J Med. 1977 May 19;296(20):1141-5.

Mid-trimester abortion by dilatation and evacuation: a safe and practical alternative.

Abstract

Abortions by dilatation and evacuation after the 12th menstrual week of pregnancy are said to be both hazardous and impractical. To evaluate this hypothesis, we compared the safety and feasibility of 6213 abortions by this means and 8662 induced by intra-amniotic instillation of saline during the 13th to the 20th week of pregnancy. Abortions by dilatation and evacuation had a lower rate for major complica-tions (0.69 vs. 1.78 per cent; P is less than 0.001) and lower rates for treatment of complications, including antibiotic administration (2.22 vs. 5.65 per cent; P is less than 0.001), blood transfusion (0.19 vs. 0.91 per cent; P is less than 0.001), and curettage or manual evacuation of the uterus (0.98 vs. 34.10 per cent; P is less than 0.001). Such abortions also had a lower rate for failure of the method to produced abortion (0.11 vs. 2.52 per cent; P is less than 0.001). Although large, randomized trials are required to determine the appropriate role of mid-trimester abortion by this means, this method appears safe and practical through the 20th week of pregnancy.

PMID:
857158
DOI:
10.1056/NEJM197705192962004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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