Recurrent miscarriage.


Journal Article (Review)

The perinatologists are emerging as the physicians who evaluate and treat women with recurrent pregnancy loss. Recurrent miscarriage, previously referred to as habitual abortion, affects almost 1% of couples. The etiologies of recurrent miscarriage are diverse and may be divided into genetic defects, such as chromosomal anomalies; maternal reproductive anatomic disease, both developmental and acquired, such as septate uterus or cervical incompetence; and systemic maternal disease such as antiphospholipid antibody syndrome or maternal diabetes. A cause for recurrent miscarriage can be identified approximately 60% of the time. We emphasize the tremendous psychological impact of recurrent miscarriage. We contrast any proposed treatments with the empiric fact that with no treatment after recurrent losses, couples still have a 60 to 70% chance of delivering a viable infant.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Katz, VL; Kuller, JA

Published Date

  • November 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 386 - 397

PubMed ID

  • 7857427

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7857427

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0735-1631

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1055/s-2007-994603


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States