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Intentional or naturally occurring termination of pregnancy before the fetus is developed enough to survive.

  • Incomplete Abortion: Passage of some but not all fetal  or placental tissue from the uterus before 20 weeks'
  • Induced Abortion: Intentional medical or surgical termination of pregnancy
    • Elective Abortion: Induced abortion performed at the woman's request
    • Therapeutic Abortion:  Induced abortion performed to preserve the mother's health or life.
  • Inevitable Abortion: Opening of the cervix with uterine bleeding before 20 weeks'.
  • Missed Abortion: Death of the fetus before 20 weeks' without expulsion of the fetus
  • Septic abortion: Abortion accompanied by infection of the uterus.
  • Spontaneous Abortion: Naturally occurring abortion before 20 weeks'. Miscarriage
  • Threatened Abortion: Uterine bleeding at less than 20 weeks' without opening or other change in the cervix

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