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Maternal deaths related to abortions in Sweden, 1931-1980.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4085919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Deaths related to abortion accounted for 20% of all maternal mortality in Sweden during the period 1931-80. The risk of dying as a consequence of abortion, per 100,000 pregnancies, declined with a factor of 160 during the study period. Three main reasons for the improvement are discussed. The introduction of antibiotics reduced mortality due to illegal abortions, but during the 1950s and 1960s sepsis and air embolism resulting from illegal abortion still accounted for the bulk of the abortional mortality. Liberal legislation and abortional practice subsequently eliminated illegal abortions, and resulted in a more accurate and favorable statistical distribution of abortions by pregnancy week. This together with new technology reduced the legal abortions mortality rate to one-fiftieth over the last 30 years even though the number of legal abortions increased 7-fold.
U Högberg; I Joelsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gynecologic and obstetric investigation     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0378-7346     ISO Abbreviation:  Gynecol. Obstet. Invest.     Publication Date:  1985  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-03-19     Completed Date:  1986-03-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7900587     Medline TA:  Gynecol Obstet Invest     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Criminal
Abortion, Induced / mortality*
Abortion, Legal / mortality
Abortion, Spontaneous / mortality
Middle Aged
Time Factors

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