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Title: Septic abortion: a review of social and demographic characteristics
Authors: Osazuwa, Henry
Aziken, Michael
Keywords: Abortion
Issue Date: Feb-2007
Publisher: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Series/Report no.: Volume 275, Issue 2;pp 117-119
Abstract: Septic abortion is a significant health problem with short- and long-term complications that affect the quality of life of those fortunate enough to avoid mortality. Both spontaneous and induced abortion can result in septic complications, with the latter disproportionately higher. Its incidence is high in environments with restrictive abortion laws, as clandestine procedures by non-doctors in unhygienic settings are prevalent. This study shows that it is still more common among teenagers and mainly performed by health professionals, which means that health care interventions should be re-evaluated and appropriately directed to preserve the reproductive health status of this vulnerable population
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