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Table 3 Signs and symptoms of complications at time of follow-up among 7,007 CAC clients, overall and by complication type, Nepal 2008

From: A prospective study of complications from comprehensive abortion care services in Nepal

  Overall (n=7,007) Government (n=894) NGO (n=5,849) Private (n=264)
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Total complications* 131 (1.87) 53 (5.93) 70 (1.20) 8 (3.03)
Complication Type         
Retained products of conception* 96 (1.37) 38 (4.25) 55 (0.94) 3 (1.14)
Offensive discharge* 36 (0.51) 8 (0.89) 24 (0.41) 4 (1.52)
Bleeding         
   Moderate* 18 (0.26) 5 (0.56) 10 (0.17) 3 (1.14)
   Severe with clots* 4 (0.06) 4 (0.45) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Suspected sepsis* 17 (0.24) 5 (0.56) 8 (0.14) 4 (1.52)
Fever* 11 (0.16) 2 (0.22) 7 (0.12) 2 (0.76)
Uterine atony* 5 (0.07) 4 (0.45) 1 (0.02) 0 (0)
Failed abortion* 4 (0.06) 4 (0.45) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Hematometra 3 (0.04) 2 (0.22) 1 (0.02) 0 (0)
Tender uterus 3 (0.04) 2 (0.22) 1 (0.02) 0 (0)
Localized peritonitis 3 (0.04) 0 (0) 2 (0.03) 1 (0.38)
Hypovolaemic shock 1 (0.01) 1 (0.11) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Tip of cannula inside uterus 1 (0.01) 0 (0) 1 (0.02) 0 (0)
Offensive products 1 (0.01) 0 (0) 1 (0.02) 0 (0)
  1. *p < 0.05
  2. The sum of complications indications by type is greater than 131 because women could experience more than one indication of their complication
  3. Suspected sepsis is reported because it was indicated by providers; however clinical signs and symptoms suggest that these women were experiencing signs of infection, rather than true sepsis.
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