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The risk of dying from legal abortion in the United States, 1972-1975.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  606589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Data gathered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through epidemiologic surveillance of deaths associated with legal abortions performed from 1972 through 1975 are analyzed by the type of procedure and the gestational age of the patients. Analysis shows that deaths increase at higher gestational ages and that the risk of death from abortion is highest with hysterotomy and hysterectomy and lowest with suction curettage. Second trimester instillation procedures are associated with higher rates of mortality than first trimester curettage procedures, even when dilatation and evacuation at 13-15 weeks' gestation is included as a curettage procedure. A case history of a patient who died as a result of legal abortion demonstrates that while legal abortion is a safe surgical procedure, some of the deaths that still occur can be prevented.
W Cates; D A Grimes; J C Smith; C W Tyler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1977  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-04-26     Completed Date:  1978-04-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  172-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal / mortality*
Curettage / mortality
Pregnancy Trimester, First
United States

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