oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Characteristics of patients attending Harareh ospital with incomplete abortion

Volume 31, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Abortion is a common problem in Zimbabwe. The complications of abortion have immediate and long term sequelae, and post abortal sepsis remains one of the leading causes of maternal mortality. In any given population at least 15% of all recognised pregnancies result in spontaneous abortion.The percentage of induced abortion is not often known. At Harare Hospital over 4,000 patients are treated each year for incomplete abortion. It is not known if there is a high incidence of spontaneous abortion in the population associated with genetic or environmental factors, or whether there is high incidence of induced abortions. The characteristics of patients attending Harare Hospital with incomplete abortions have not previously been documented. This study was therefore undertaken to assess such patients, to determine their knowledge and previous use of contraceptive methods, and to find out their contraceptive intentions following the abortion.

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