Septic abortion is a miscarriage or abortion that is accompanied by severe infection of the uterus that spreads to the woman's bloodstream. Septic abortion is usually a very serious health problem that requires hospitalization.
Sometimes a woman's condition is life-threatening, in which case her uterus usually must be surgically removed. This is called a hysterectomy.
Last Revised: May 4, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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