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Comprehensive analysis of the use of pre-procedure ultrasound for first- and second-trimester abortion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21134500     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: The use of ultrasound (US) is common in some settings before an abortion procedure. However, its positive effect on the safety or efficacy (ability to complete abortion) of the procedure has not been established. Our aim was to determine whether the use of pre-procedure US improves safety and/or efficacy of the abortion procedure.
METHODS: We searched the following databases: Pubmed, Embase, Lilacs and Popline; reference lists of retrieved papers; and Google. We considered any controlled trial comparing women seeking abortion who received pre-procedure US to those who did not. Our outcome measures were efficacy of the abortion, complication rates and side effects.
RESULTS: We did not identify any controlled trials or systematic reviews comparing the use of pre-procedure US to no US prior to abortion.
CONCLUSIONS: Ultrasound is widely used in pregnancy to estimate gestational age and to detect any abnormalities of the pregnancy or uterus. The effect of its use among women undergoing abortion is unclear, and only indirect evidence is available.
Regina Kulier; Nathalie Kapp
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contraception     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1879-0518     ISO Abbreviation:  Contraception     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234361     Medline TA:  Contraception     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research, WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland.
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