Maternal deaths associated with an intrauterine device

  • C.D. Christian
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Arizona Medical Center, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
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      Five midtrimester maternal deaths and several severe cases of sepsis associated more commonly with the shield type of intrauterine divice are presented. The apparent development of generalized sepsis before localized signs or symptoms are made known is a feature of greates concern. The question of whether this pattern is associated with a certain type of device and the management of intrauterine devices in the pregnant uterus are discussed.
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