The frequency and management of uterine perforations during first-trimester abortions

Steven G. Kaali, Ivan A. Szigetvari, George S. Bartfai

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The frequency and management of uterine perforation during first-trimester abortions remain a matter of continuing debate among gynecologists. The rate of uterine perforations was 1.3 1000 procedures (eight cases) in 6408 women undergoing first-trimester abortions at our clinic. We also performed 706 first-trimester abortions at the time of laparoscopic sterilization. Two perforations ( 2.8 1000 procedures) were reported before laparoscopy. Twelve ( 15.6 1000 procedures) unsuspected perforations were discovered during direct laparoscopic visualization. This represents a 19.8 1000 procedure rate of perforation (14 cases). All 22 patients with perforations were managed conservatively, and no immediate or late complications were noted. Our data suggest that the true incidence of uterine perforations is significantly underestimated and serious complications caused by perforations are rare. Conservative therapy is recommended rather than early surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-408
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989


  • Abortion
  • management
  • uterine perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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