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Clinical Reference

Abortion, overview

Notes
  • Abortion is defined as the premature exit of the products of conception (the fetus, fetal membranes, and placenta) from the uterus or alternatively it is defined as the termination of pregnancy to a fetus weighing less than 500 gram.
  • Globally, 40-50 million abortions are performed annually.
  • In Kenya, there were 450,000 induced abortions in 2012.
  • In 2012, about 120,000 women in Kenya were treated at health facilities for complications arising from unsafe abortions.

##Types of abortion include the following;

  • Therapeutic abortion
  • Unsafe abortion
  • Threatened abortion
  • Inevitable abortion
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Complete abortion
  • Missed abortion
  • Molar abortion
  • Septic abortion
  • Habitual abortion
Symptoms
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic and /or back pain
  • Fever
  • Sepsis
  • Shock
  • Tetanus
  • Peritonitis
  • Organ and system failure
Diagnosis

Clinical review

Differential
  • Depends on the type of abortion
Prevention
  • Depends on the type of abortion
Management

Depends on the type of abortion

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