Untreated endocervical gonorrhea and endometritis following elective abortion

Ronald T. Burkman, James A. Tonascia, Milagros F. Atienza, Theodore M. King

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A matched-pair analysis of 228 cases of endometritis occurring over a two-year period in 4,823 elective abortion patients was carried out. Patients with postabortal endometritis were matched with control subjects for age, parity, race, pay status, time of abortion, and type of abortion procedure. The prevalence of endocervical gonorrhea was 2.7 per cent in the entire group seeking abortion, with 14.7 per cent of patients with gonorrhea subsequently developing endometritis. The matched-pair analysis detected a threefold increased risk for endometritis in patients with untreated gonoccocal endocervicitis when compared with control subjects (p < 0.05). The significance of these findings to centers performing abortions is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-651
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 15 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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