Recurrent miscarriage.

Journal Article (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