miscarriage, some women pass blood clots or grayish
matter (fetal tissue) from the vagina.
All tissue, including the
fetus and the
placenta, may pass from the uterus. This is called
complete miscarriage or complete spontaneous abortion.
may pass from the uterus. This is called an incomplete miscarriage or
incomplete spontaneous abortion.
None of the tissue may pass from
the uterus. This is called a missed abortion or blighted ovum.
If symptoms of a miscarriage occur without any fetal tissue passing
from the vagina, an ultrasound may be done to determine whether the fetus is
If testing shows that the fetus has died but tissue has not passed
from the vagina treatment may be needed to remove the fetal tissue from the
uterus. This depends on how far along the pregnancy has developed.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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