What is the pathophysiology of complete miscarriage?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Slava V Gaufberg, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Patients may present with a history of bleeding, abdominal pain, and tissue passage. By the time the miscarriage is complete, bleeding and pain usually have subsided. Ultrasonography reveals a vacant uterus. Diagnosis may be confirmed by observation of the aborted fetus with the complete placenta, although caution is recommended in making this diagnosis without ultrasonography because it can be difficult to determine if the miscarriage is complete.


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