Amniotomy for Second-trimester Pregnancy Termination

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    Assiut University
Updated on 5 February 2023


The termination of abortion is an important issue that has many controversies. The most common time of serious abortion-related complications is the second trimester. Missed abortion is one of the most common indications of termination of pregnancy in the second trimester. Misoprostol and mifepristone are effective drugs for induction of abortion but these drugs are now expensive, and non-available in many developing countries.

The effectiveness of Foley's catheter balloon on cervical ripping for mid-trimester pregnancy termination has been proved before. It can effectually shorten the time of the expulsion of the fetus. Amniotomy defines as an artificial rupture of the membranes; it is an ordinary obstetric practice used mainly in the induction of labor, with good results and less morbidity. The obstetricians used to combine amniotomy with other methods such as prostaglandins or oxytocin to induce labor in a woman with an unfavorable cervix.

Despite plenty of studies that investigated the role of amniotomy for induction of labor but the studies which addressed the role of amniotomy in the induction of second-trimester abortion are very scarce in the literature.

Condition Abortion, Missed
Treatment Oxytocin, Amniotomy, Foley catheter balloon
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04906278
SponsorAssiut University
Last Modified on5 February 2023

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