Abortion Complications


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Roughly one million abortions are performed each year in the United States alone. The total abortion-related complication rate is estimated to be about 2%. Most complications are considered minor such as pain, bleeding, infection, and post-anesthesia complications. Others are major, including uterine atony and subsequent hemorrhage, uterine perforation, injuries to adjacent organs (bladder or bowels), cervical laceration, failed abortion, septic abortion, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. This activity reviews abortion complications and their treatments and emphasizes the interplay between interprofessional team members to minimize the occurrence of abortion complications and optimize management and treatment.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the history and physical exam findings of abortion complications.
  • Review the evaluation of patients that have abortion complications.
  • Outline the treatment of patients with abortion complications.
  • Summarize the importance of communication and coordination amongst the interprofessional team to enhance the care of patients with abortion complications.


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This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Obstetric Anesthesia
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology
American Board of Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Female Reproductive
  • Hematology (Blood, BM)
  • Infectious Diseases/Medical Microbiology
American Board of Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care

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