What are the Complications of Abortion?

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What are the Complications of Abortion?

Complications of abortion include bleeding, infection, trauma to organs and incomplete evacuation.

Complications of medical abortion include:

► Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea

► Fever, chills

► Heavy bleeding

► Abdominal pain

► Incomplete abortion, which may require surgical evacuation

► Rarely, infection

Complications of surgical abortion include:

► Bleeding: Though some bleeding is normal after an abortion, in cases of trauma to the uterus or incomplete abortion, bleeding may be excessive.

► Infection: Infection can result if adequate sterile precautions are not followed during the procedure. The patient may complain of a foul-smelling discharge and fever. Severe infection or sepsis could also occur.

► Abdominal cramps: The patient may complain of abdominal or back pain and cramps during and after the procedure.

► Incomplete abortion: Incomplete abortion may result in excessive bleeding and infection following the procedure.

► Trauma: The surgical instruments used during the procedure may damage the uterus or sometimes neighboring organs like bowel and bladder.

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