Threatened miscarriage

Threatened miscarriage (or threatened abortion) is mainly a clinical term, used when a pregnant woman in first 20 weeks of gestation presents with spotting, mild abdominal pain and contractions, with a closed cervical os

It occurs in 20-25% of pregnancies and is associated with an increased rate of fetal loss (15-50%, compared to 2-7%).

Ultrasound

Cervix is closed, and there is a live intrauterine gestation.

In many cases, the ultrasound will be either completely normal, or with a subchorionic haemorrhage.

Some features suggestive of a poor outcome:

Threatened miscarriage can go on to become any of:


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Article Information

rID: 2174
System: Obstetrics
Section: Gamuts
Tags: cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Threatened abortion

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