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Abortion, Incomplete

Overview

Abortion, incomplete is a condition in which parts of the placental material or fetus remain inside the uterus. Incomplete abortion occurs when a woman has completed 8 weeks of pregnancy. Most of the abortions take place in within 13 weeks of pregnancy. The incomplete abortion occurs when tissues become unable to pass through cervix due to their large size.


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Causes

Incomplete abortion occurs for innumerable reasons, out of which till now only some reasons are identified by health professionals. These causes generally vary from genetic, reproductive tract infections, uterine or hormonal abnormalities to tissue rejections. Some other possible causes of the condition are uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, etc.


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Signs & Symptoms

The most common symptoms experienced during the condition include:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding for more than two weeks.
  • Uterine infection
  • Anemia due to excessive loss of blood from the body
  • Lower abdominal cramping

Although, symptoms do not lead to any life threatening results, it is advice to seek medical assistance immediately.

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Prevention

Incomplete abortion can be prevented by taking adequate care of your health. Minimizing the risk of health related problems like diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc. also help in preventing the condition. 


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Treatments
Curettage Modern Medicine

The treatment of incomplete abortion aims at removing remaining material from the uterus, preventing any sort of infection and treating prolonged bleeding. The remains of the placental material are removed from the uterus with the help of surgical procedure known as curettage. Infections and heavy bleeding is controlled through antibiotics. And it is advised to eat iron rich food, so that the body does not become anaemic.

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