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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 321-323

Complications of unsafe abortion : case reports and the need for curriculum review in Nigeria


Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria

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A V Umoh
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Nigeria

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Unsafe abortion remains a major reproductive health problem in Nigeria. These are 2 case reports of unsafe abortion, one performed by a patent medicine dealer where a false passage was created in the substance of the cervix to evacuate the uterus using a cannula. A piece of the cannula was left in situ for five years leading to chronic infection and infertility. The second case was performed by a medical practitioner for a second trimester abortion. He deliberately created a false passage in the substance of the cervix to evacuate the uterus leading to severe haemorrhage. We conclude that there is a need to review and improve the training of medical practitioners in termination of pregnancies to avoid unsafe abortion.


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