Jill Durocher

Misoprostol for incomplete abortion in Tanzania

November 1st, 2007
Staff Publication
Pregnancy Failure and Miscarriage
Winikoff, Beverly, Clark, Wesley, Westley, Emily, Shwekerela, B., Kalumuna, R., Kipingili, R., Mashaka, N.

This article reports on a study investigating the safety, efficacy, and acceptability of misoprostol versus manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for treatment of incomplete abortion. The research was conducted with local colleagues at a regional hospital in Bukoba, Tanzania. Results demonstrated that misoprostol is as effective as MVA at treating incomplete abortion at uterine size of <12 weeks. Given the many practical advantages of misoprostol over MVA in low-resource settings, misoprostol should be more widely available for treatment of incomplete abortion in the developing world.

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