Late termination of pregnancy by intracardiac KCl injection.
Subject: Pregnant women
Pub Date: 01/01/2013
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2013 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: Jan, 2013 Source Volume: 103 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 312828750
Full Text: Experience with late termination of pregnancy (TOP) by intracardiac injection of potassium chloride is described by Govender and Moodley. (6) The South African Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, No. 92 of 1996, permits TOP at any gestational age for severe fetal abnormalities, to prevent the birth of a severely mentally or physically handicapped child. The authors report on their 5-year experience and the relative safety of injection of KCl into the fetal heart under ultrasound guidance, to ensure stillbirth of a fetus with severe congenital abnormalities-typically picked up only after 24 weeks' gestation, when the fetus is viable.

(6.) Govender L, Moodley J. Late termination of pregnancy by intracardiac potassium chloride injection: 5 years' experience at a tertiary referral centre. S Afr Med J 2013;103(1):47-51. []
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