Flashcards in MISCARRIAGE Deck (27)
What weeks of gestation make up the first trimester?
What weeks of gestation make up the second trimester?
What weeks of gestation make up the third trimester?
What are the different types of miscarriage?
What is a threatened miscarriage?
Any bleeding that happens during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, but where the pregnancy continues.
On examination of a woman suffering a threatened miscarriage will the cervix be open or closed?
What is an inevitable miscarriage?
This is bleeding during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy where the internal os of the cervix is found to be open. An inevitable miscarriage is what a threatened miscarriage has progressed to if cervical dilatation occurs.
On examination of a woman suffering an inevitable miscarriage will the cervix be open or closed?
What is a missed/delayed/silent miscarriage?
A miscarriage where a scan reveals a non-viable fetus or an empty intrauterine gestation sac without the patient having or noticing the bleeding.
On examination of a woman suffering missed/delayed/silent miscarriage will the cervix be open or closed? a ?
What is a complete miscarriage?
A miscarriage where the scan reveals that there are no more products of conception left in the uterus where the patient has had bleeding.
On examination of a woman suffering a complete miscarriage will the cervix be open or closed?
What is an incomplete miscarriage?
A miscarriage where the scan reveals that there are still products of conception left in the uterus where the patient has had bleeding.
On examination of a woman suffering an incomplete miscarriage will the cervix be open or closed?
What are the symptoms of a miscarriage rather than a rupture of an ectopic pregnancy?
Pain - like period pains or contractions
Bleeding - clots or passing of tissue
What are the risk factors that pre-dispose women to miscarriage? (Name at least 7)
Past history of miscarriage
Maternal age 23% of pregnancies in over 40 year olds
PID and bacterial vaginosis
Tubal surgery eg previous for ectopic pregnancy
Peritonitis or pelvic surgery
Intrauterine contraceptive device
Maternal illness: Antiphospholipid syndrome, Wilson's disease, diabetes, thyroid disease (both hypo and hyper), renal disease
Fetal abnormality - eg trisomy
After how many miscarriages would you start to investigate the cause of miscarriage?
What blood tests would you do in a women who presented with bleeding during first trimester of pregnancy?
FBC - anaemia is more likely to be the result of rupture ectopic pregnancy than miscarriage
Serum hCG - reducing levels of hCG over hours/days will confirm that the pregnancy has terminated
As well as blood tests, what other investigations would you perform in a women with bleeding during first trimester of pregnancy?
High vaginal swab - to check for infection
Ultrasound - to look for any products of conception in the uterus
What should you tell a woman who has recently suffered a miscarriage when she asks you when she can start trying to get pregnant again?
Physically there is no reason why she cannot conceive with her next cycle. Mentally it may be better to have a few months to recover from the miscarriage.
How do we manage patients who have suffered a miscarriage?
Warn patients of possibility of endometritis and safety net with symptoms to look for
The uterus can take some weeks to expel the products of conception. Women are therefore offered ERPC (evacuation of retained products of conception).
Discuss contraceptive options.
They should have a pregnancy test a week after experiencing bleeding to confirm that they are no longer pregnant and hence the differential of ectopic pregnancy can be ruled out.
What is ERPC?
Evacuation of retained products of conception. This is a procedure that involves dilating the cervix and then passing a curettage device into the woman's uterus to remove any products of conception.
What are the complications of ERPC?
Perforated uterus - the pregnant uterus wall is much softer than the non-pregnant womb and hence it is easily perforated. Curettage must therefore be gentle.
How can we minimise blood loss during ERPC procedure?
Syntocinon - synthetic oxytocin - given IV will encourage contraction and therefore minimise blood loss.
What are the symptoms of endometritis?
Lower abdominal pain
Change in vaginal bleeding, which can become foul smelling and heavy
After how many weeks of gestation would you start worrying about blood types and whether the mother was Rhesus negative, in a woman who suffers a miscarriage?
12 weeks (second trimester)