Journal article

Medical treatment for early fetal death (less than 24 weeks)

JP Neilson, M Hickey, J Vasquez

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In most pregnancies that miscarry, arrest of embryonic or fetal development occurs some time (often weeks) before the miscarriage occurs. Ultrasound examination can reveal abnormal findings during this phase by demonstrating anembryonic pregnancies or embryonic or fetal death. Treatment before 14 weeks has traditionally been surgical but medical treatments may be effective, safe, and acceptable, as may be waiting for spontaneous miscarriage. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness, safety and acceptability of any medical treatment for early pregnancy failure (anembryonic pregnancies or embryonic and fetal deaths before 24 weeks). SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Pregnanc..

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