Gynaecology / Early pregnancy

Retained products

Retaining products following termination of a pregnancy

Success story

Crystal was 16 when she underwent a medical termination of pregnancy at 9 weeks. She subsequently went to A&E on several occasions over the next fortnight, until eventually she underwent an evacuation of retained products of conception. Crystal alleged that the retained products should have been detected sooner, avoiding pain and distress for 14 days. PMS Expert Report concluded that Crystals symptoms were entirely normal following a termination, and that the conservative treatment she received was appropriate. Furthermore, there was no evidence that the products of conception were actually found in her uterus, given the absence of a histopathology report. The case was dismissed.

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