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Second-trimester abortion by dilatation and evacuation: an analysis of 11,747 cases



Second-trimester abortion by dilatation and evacuation: an analysis of 11,747 cases



Obstetrics and Gynecology 62(2): 185-190



The dilatation and evacuation procedure was explored in 1971 as an alternative method of second-trimester abortion. The results in 11,747 cases from 1972 through 1981 are presented. Although complications do occur--most notably hemorrhage, cervical laceration, fever, and perforation--the overall complication rate was lower than that reported for saline or prostaglandin in other large series. Further study and refinement of technique may help bring this shorter, safer, and more convenient procedure within the reach of larger numbers of women seeking second-trimester abortion.

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