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Blood Coagulation Changes during Mid-trimester Abortion Induced by Prostaglandin F2α

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 17 November 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:375
  1. M. H. H. Badraoui,
  2. John Bonnar,
  3. Keith Hillier,
  4. M. P. Embrey


    Serial studies on the coagulation system were made during second-trimester abortion induced by extra-amniotic, intra-amniotic, vaginal, and intravenous prostaglandin F2α. No significant changes were found in the prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, or levels of fibrin-fibrinogen degradation products. An increase in the activity of factor X occurred with all routes of administration; the activity of factor VIII increased during extra-amniotic, vaginal, and intravenous administration; factor V activity increased during extra-amniotic and vaginal administration; and the activity of factor VII-X complex increased slightly at the time of abortion with all methods.

    The findings suggest that though prostaglandin induction of second-trimester abortion produces changes in the coagulation system the effects are much less than those which accompany induction of abortion by hypertonic saline or abdominal delivery in late pregnancy.