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Medical Abortion

Jeremy Golding, MD, FAAFP Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Medical abortion is induced termination of an early pregnancy by use of medications.

  • The U.S. FDA has approved a combination of two medications, mifepristone (RU-486) an antiprogester...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Careful, nonjudgmental assessment of a woman's thoughts and feelings about her pregnancy is the starting point for all subsequent counseling regarding options for the pregnancy. A med...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Patient should be evaluated within 2 weeks of medication administration to assess for symptoms of successful termination, or earlier (within days), if there is an...

REFERENCES

2
Chen MJ, Creinin MD. Mifepristone with buccal misoprostol for medical abortion: a systematic review. Obstet...

ADDITIONAL READING

  • Abbas D, Chong E, Raymond EG. Outpatient medical abortion is safe and effective through 70 days gestation. Contraception.  2015;92(3):197–199.

  • American College of Obstetricians ...

SEE ALSO

Patient education material 

CODES

ICD10

  • Z33.2 Encounter for elective termination of pregnancy

  • O04.80 (Induced) termination of pregnancy with unsp complications

  • O03.4 Incomplete spontaneous abortion without complication

  • O02.1 Missed ...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Medical abortion is a highly effective and safe method to terminate pregnancy that is preferred by some women over a surgical procedure.

  • FDA-approved regimen of mifepristone 200 mg and ...

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