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Letters Medical abortion

Surgical intervention after medical abortion

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 24 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3197
  1. Ian B Johnston, specialty doctor in community paediatrics1
  1. 1Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Croydon CR9 2RS, UK
  1. ibj1{at}

Niinimäki and colleagues found a 10.7% rate of surgical intervention after medical abortion in adolescent women.1 This complication rate is important, because in 2009 in the UK, just over 40 000 women under 20 years underwent termination of pregnancy,2 40% by …

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