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Abortion Complications

Background

Complications of spontaneous miscarriages and therapeutic abortions include the following:

Complications of anesthesia

Postabortion triad (ie, pain, bleeding, low-grade fever)

Hematometra

Retained products of conception

Uterine perforation

Bowel and bladder injury

Failed abortion

Septic abortion

Cervical shock

Cervical laceration

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)

The term “septic abortion” refers to a spontaneous miscarriage or therapeutic/artificial abortion complicated by a pelvic infection.

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