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Inevitable abortion

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Inevitable spontaneous abortion occurs in about 25% of women with a threatened abortion.

It is characterised by:

  • considerable bleeding
  • lower abdominal pain
  • a dilated cervix - note the external os of a multigravida usually admits the tip of a finger
  • products may have been passed - do not confuse with clots

Either a complete or incomplete abortion may result.

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