Manual vacuum aspiration: a safe alternative for the surgical management of early pregnancy loss

Authors


DS Milingos, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, AB25 2ZP, Aberdeen, UK. Email dmiligk@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) is an alternative to the standard surgical curettage, performed under local anaesthetic in the setting of a treatment room. The aim of our study was to assess the efficacy of MVA in the management of first trimester early fetal demise and first- and mid-trimester incomplete miscarriage. This was a retrospective study of 246 patients who were scheduled to undergo MVA for first trimester early fetal demise and first- and mid-trimester incomplete miscarriage. One woman was excluded in the analysis because of the procedure being abandoned prior to MVA. Efficacy of the procedure was 94.7% (232/245). Incomplete uterine evacuation was seen in 5.3% (13/245) patients. Although not widely used in the UK, MVA could be considered routinely, thus avoiding general anaesthesia and the need for access to theatre.

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