Sublingual misoprostol versus standard surgical care for treatment of incomplete abortion in five sub-Saharan African countries

by Tara Shochet, Ayisha Diop, Alioune Gaye et al.
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012, 12:127 (14 November 2012)

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http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2393-12-127.pdf

In low-resource settings, where abortion is highly restricted and self-induced abortions are common, access to post-abortion care (PAC) services, especially treatment of incomplete terminations, is a priority. Standard post-abortion care has involved surgical intervention but can be hard to access in these areas. Misoprostol provides an alternative to surgical intervention that could increase access to abortion care. The authors conclude that Misoprostol, much easier to provide than surgery in low-resource environments, can be used safely, successfully, and satisfactorily for treatment of incomplete abortion.

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