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Miscarriage

  • Isabel Stabile
  • Tim Chard
  • Gedis Grudzinskas

Abstract

Miscarriage is variously defined as: the expulsion or extraction of a fetus (embryo) weighing less than 500 g equivalent to approximately 22 weeks’ gestation (World Health Organization, 1977); or termination before fetal “viability” is achieved; or termination prior to 24 completed weeks of gestation (UK legal definition). The nomenclature of the various types of miscarriage is shown in Table 4.1. The incidence is 15% of clinically apparent pregnancies, but may be considerably higher if “occult” pregnancies are taken into account. Some 25% of women will have one or more miscarriages.

Keywords

Recurrent Miscarriage Hydatidiform Mole Placental Abruption Clinical Obstetric Intrauterine Adhesion 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Stabile
    • 1
  • Tim Chard
    • 2
  • Gedis Grudzinskas
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Prevention and Early Intervention PolicyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Reproductive Physiology Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologySt Bartholomew’s HospitalWest Smithfield, LondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyThe Royal London HospitalWhitechapel, LondonUK

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