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Table 3 Complications following termination of pregnancy (13-19 weeks) by method of termination

From: Audit of short term outcomes of surgical and medical second trimester termination of pregnancy

  Medical
n= 51
Surgical
n= 1331
P
  n % n %  
Nights in hospital not including readmissions      
   0 21 41 -   
   1 22 43    
   2 6 12    
   3 1 2    
   5 1 2    
Manual Removal of placenta 2,3 8 16 -   
Complications      
   Readmission > 3 hours 3 6 6 4 0.7
   Evacuation for retained products of conception2 5 10 2 1 0.02
   Endometritis requiring intravenous antibiotics 1 2 3 2 1.0
   Blood transfusion 1 2 0 0 0.3
  1. 1 no surgical cases were admitted
  2. 2 manual removal of placenta and evacuation for retained products of conception were not mutually exclusive
  3. 3 there was one case of partial expulsion of the placenta but required manual removal at 17 hours.