Research Article

Cervical diameter after suction termination of pregnancy.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 10 January 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:68
  1. F D Johnstone,
  2. R J Beard,
  3. I E Boyd,
  4. T G McCarthy


    The diameter of the internal cervical os was measured in several groups of patients in an attempt to assess any damage caused by suction termination of pregnancy. Pregnant women who had had a previous abortion by vacuum aspiration had significantly greater cervical diameters than those who had not, and there was a statistically significant correlation between dilatation of the cervix at operation and cervical diameter at six weeks' follow-up. Cervical dilatation to 10 mm or less was subsequently associated with a normal cervical diameter, but the diameter was often large when the extent of dilatation was greater than 12 mm or not known. Cervical dilatation at termination of pregnancy should, if possible not exceed 10 mm.