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what is a missed abortion ?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Form of miscarriage: A missed abortion is a miscarriage that hasn't quite happened yet-- no bleeding or cramping. The early developing fetus has died and has no heartbeat or has failed to develop. This is usually diagnosed on an early ultrasound. Management options include surgical or medically induced evacuation of the uterus or expectant management to see if your body will expel the pregnancy on it's own.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
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Additionally, the term abortion in medical terminology does not necessarily mean the deliberate or voluntary termination of a pregnancy. This term includes all pregnancy losses prior to 20 weeks whether spontaneous or induced.
Sep 16, 2012
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Miscarriage: A missed abortion is a miscarriage that has been diagnosed by ultrasound that your body has not yet expelled and therefore it's a failed pregnancy that has been "missed." Usually your body will push the pregnancy on its own but this can take a few weeks dependent on when the pregnancy actually expired. Some women receive misoprostol to help or undergo D&C to complete the pregnancy.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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