Intrauterine adhesions rarely occur post induced abortion

Intrauterine adhesions rarely occur post induced abortion

(HealthDay)—Intrauterine adhesions (IUA) following an induced abortion are rare, but risk increases when surgical evacuation is involved, according to a study published online March 13 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Maarit Mentula, M.D., from the University of Helsinki, and colleagues retrospectively assessed data from a nationwide registry to identify women who had an induced in Finland between 2000 and 2008, as well as matched controls.

The researchers identified a total of 12 (1.5 per 10,000) IUA diagnoses from 79,960 eligible induced abortions. The rate of IUA was 1.5 per 10,000 medically-induced abortions and 2.0 cases per 10,000 surgically-induced abortions (P = 0.19). In a , of the remaining products of conception following abortion significantly increased the risk of IUA (odds ratio, 5.50; P = 0.012).

"These results suggest that trauma to a recently pregnant uterus is an important risk factor for IUA," the authors write.


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