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Miscarriage: Vacuum Aspiration


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Vacuum aspiration, also called suction aspiration or dilation and aspiration, can be used to empty the uterus after an incomplete early miscarriage. This procedure involves the use of a hollow tube called a cannula that is attached by tubing to a bottle that has a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. The cannula is passed through the vagina into the uterus. The pump is then turned on, and the tissue is removed from the uterus.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedFebruary 1, 2013

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