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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