Septic abortion

Septic abortion is a miscarriage or abortion that is accompanied by severe infection of the uterus that spreads to the woman's bloodstream. Septic abortion is usually a very serious health problem that requires hospitalization.

Sometimes a woman's condition is life-threatening, in which case her uterus usually must be surgically removed. This is called a hysterectomy.

Last Updated: May 22, 2008

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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