IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 48 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog.2021.01.5524
Open Access Original Research
Retrospective analysis of pregnancy terminations and indications in a tertiary center
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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Perinatology, Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine, 35340 Izmir, Turkey
*Correspondence: (Sureyya Saridas Demir)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2021, 48(1), 85–90;
Submitted: 14 February 2020 | Revised: 22 August 2020 | Accepted: 24 August 2020 | Published: 15 February 2021
Copyright: © 2021 The Authors. Published by IMR Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the indications of pregnancies terminated which were for maternal and fetal causes in our clinic and to discuss legal and ethical issues differing by countries. Methods: This study was performed retrospectively by evaluating 318 pregnancies terminated due to maternal or fetal indications over 10 weeks. Results: Termination of pregnancy was performed due to fetal congenital, chromosomal and obstetrical reasons in 96.8% of 318 terminated cases and due to maternal reasons in 3.2% of them. Thirty-two (10%) late termination cases with gestational week > 23 + 0 were termed after feticide procedure. Conclusion: Gestational limit for termination of pregnancy varies from country to country, which brings ethical problems with it. We presented indications of pregnancy terminations in our clinic, which is a tertiary and reference center within the legal framework.

Chromosomal and fetal abnormalities
Prenatal diagnosis
Termination of pregnancy
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