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[Prevalence of illegal abortions in Libreville Hospital, Gabon]

The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of illegal abortion in Libreville and to describe abortive methods used. It is a cross sectional and descriptive survey carried out at the maternity hospital of Libreville (MHL) during one year, from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008. 750 abortions were performed during this period and 651 cases were illegal abortions. Prevalence was of 86.7%. The women undergoing illegal abortion were most often pupils (67.1%), with an average age of 22.4 +/- 5.3 years old and a mean parity of 1.2 +/- 1.50. The average gestational term was of 7.4 +/- 1.9 weeks. Misoprostol (63.1%) was the most frequent abortive product used. 2 maternal deaths were Notified. Prevalence of illegal abortions is increasing at the MHL. Up to Now, misoprostol is the most frequent abortive product used.

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  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Country/Region: Gabon
  • Accessible: No
  • Source: Bulletin de la Societe de pathologie exotique. 1990, Volume 102, Issue 4: Pages 230-2; PMID:19950540
  • Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19950540
  • Language: French
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2009 Author(s)   Mayi-Tsonga S, Diallo T, Litochenko O, Methogo M, Ndombi I In Article