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A Randomized Trial of Prophylactic Antibiotics for Miscarriage Surgery.

David Lissauer, Amie Wilson, Catherine A Hewitt, Lee Middleton, Jonathan RB Bishop, Jane Daniels, Abi Merriel, Andrew Weeks, Chisale Mhango, Ronald Mataya, Frank Taulo, Theresa Ngalawesa, Agatha Chirwa, Colleta Mphasa, Tayamika Tambala, Grace Chiudzu, Caroline Mwalwanda, Agnes Mboma, Rahat Qureshi, Iffat Ahmed Show all

N Engl J Med | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Surgical intervention is needed in some cases of spontaneous abortion to remove retained products of conception. Antibiotic prophylaxis may reduce the risk of pelvic infection, which is an important complication of this surgery, particularly in low-resource countries. METHODS: We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial investigating whether antibiotic prophylaxis before surgery to complete a spontaneous abortion would reduce pelvic infection among women and adolescents in low-resource countries. We randomly assigned patients to a single preoperative dose of 400 mg of oral doxycycline and 400 mg of oral metronidazole or identical placebos. The primary outcom..

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