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Exploring the pattern of complications of induced abortion in a rural mission tertiary hospital in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
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PMID:  18628536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Unsafe abortion remains a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries including Nigeria. We report a 10-year descriptive review of 118 consecutive cases of complicated induced abortions. At our centre, complications of induced abortion constituted 2.3% of maternal admissions, 5.6% of gynaecological admissions and 22.6% of maternal deaths. Fifty-nine percent of the women were married and the mean age was 25.6 +/- 7.9 years. Doctors performed 51.7% of the induced abortion and nurses performed 13.9%. Of the mortalities, medical doctors did 61 of the abortions in which 18 died (29.5%); traditional medical practitioners were responsible for 13 of the abortions in which two died (15.4%); of the 16 abortions performed by nurses, two died (12.5%). Sepsis was the most common cause of death (73%). There is an urgent need to improve the knowledge and utilization of modern contraception by rural women in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Doctors need to be continuously trained inn the basic principles of postabortion care.
G O Igberase; P N Ebeigbe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical doctor     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0049-4755     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop Doct     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-16     Completed Date:  2008-09-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1301706     Medline TA:  Trop Doct     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  146-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Baptist Medical Centre, Eku, Delta State, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / adverse effects*,  methods,  statistics & numerical data*
Cause of Death
Hospitals, Rural / statistics & numerical data*
Marital Status
Maternal Mortality
Missions and Missionaries / statistics & numerical data
Nigeria / epidemiology
Pregnancy, Unwanted
Sepsis / epidemiology,  etiology*

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