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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95-96

Women with septic abortion: Who, how and why?Aprospective study from tertiary care hospital in India


Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, India

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K Guleria
Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi
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A prospective descriptive interview based hospital study was carried on 47 women admitted with septic abortion to evaluate their psychosocial, demographic and clinical profile These women were predominantly parous (75%), hindus (60%), between 20-30 years of age (60%) and mostly married (91.4%) house wives (63.8%). More than 90% already had one or more male child. The contraceptive use was dismally low (23.4%). Their knowledge about legalisation, place and persons authorized to conduct abortions was very less, however large majority (87%) underwent abortions within 3 months of pregnancy. Large family, poverty and spacing were the main reasons cited for abortions. Abdominal pain, fever, genital bleeding, diarhoea and abdominal distension were presenting clinical features in order of frequency. Advanced sepsis and associated medical and surgical complications were present in more than half the patients and 6% succumbed to these problems. The current experience was an eye opener for most of them and changed their future attitude. Hence education, economic prosperity, easy access to reproductive health facilities and institutional management of sepsis is the key to make abortions safe.


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