The use of laminaria tents for cervical dilatation prior to vacuum aspiration abortion

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      Laminaria tents have proved to be an extremely useful adjunct to the performance of therapeutic abortion. Their use has markedly decreased the discomfort of mechanical cervical dilatation, and has facilitated the performance of first-trimester abortion without hospitalization. In 1,000 instances of laminaria use there were no uterine perforations and only four cervical lacerations. In four patients a false passage was created at the time of insertion, which was recognized at the time of curettage. Immediate and delayed postabortal complication rates compared favorably with prelaminaria data and the tents may be safely reused after ethylene oxide gas sterilization.
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