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Induction of abortion in early pregnancy with mifepristone in conjunction with gemeprost

C Somell, A Olund
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 1993, 72 (1): 39-42
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This study was performed to investigate the efficacy of oral mifepristone and vaginal gemeprost for termination of early pregnancy. Eighty women requesting first trimester abortion and with amenorrhea of less than 56 days were included. Gestational age was confirmed with ultrasonography. Mifepristone was administered as a single 600 mg dose followed after 48 hours by a vaginal pessary containing 1 mg gemeprost. One woman did not return for gemeprost and later had a vacuum aspiration performed. There was complete abortion in all remaining women. No serious side effects were registered and the number of women requiring opioid analgesia was low (8%). The conclusion is that this treatment is a genuine alternative to vacuum aspiration but medical supervision is necessary for some time after gemeprost administration.

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