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1

What is a miscarriage?

When there is loss of pregnancy before 24 weeks gestation

2

What % of recognised pregnancies end in miscarriage?

12-24%

3

Why is the rate of miscarriage probably higher than we know?

They may occur before pregnancy is realised

4

What number of hospital admissions occur due to miscarriage annually?

42,000

5

What % of miscarriages occur in the first trimester?

85%

6

How does the risk of miscarriage change with gestational age?

Falls rapidly

7

What are the risk factors for miscarriage?

- Maternal age >30
- Cigarette smoke
- Excess alcohol
- Low pre-pregnancy BMI
- Paternal age >45 years
- Fertility problems and taking longer to conceive
- Illicit drug use
- Uterine surgery or abnormalities
- Uncontrolled DM
- Stress, anxiety or traumatic events

8

Why does risk of miscarriage increase with maternal age?

Due to risk of chromosomal abnormalities increasing

9

What are some protective factors against miscarriage?

- Previous live birth
- Nausea
- Healthy diet

10

Is a cause for miscarriage always identified?

No in many cases it isn't

11

How does the prognosis of future pregnancies in miscarriage with an unidentifiable cause compare to a miscarriage with a known cause?

It is generally better

12

What are some identifiable causes of miscarriage?

- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Endocrine factors
- Maternal illness and infection
- Maternal lifestyle and drug history
- Abnormalities of the uterus
- Cervical incompetence
- Autoimmune factors
- Thrombophilic defects
- Alloimmune factors

13

What is the most common type of chromosomal abnormality?

Autosomal trisomies

14

What % of miscarriages due to chromosomal abnormalities are caused by autosomal trisomies?

50%

15

What endocrine factors can lead to miscarriage?

- Failure of corpus luteum
- PCOS
- Poorly controlled diabetes
- Untreated thyroid disease

16

Why can corpus luteum failure lead to miscarriage?

Progesterone production is predominantly dependant on the corpus luteum in the first 8 weeks

17

What maternal illnesses can lead to miscarriage?

- Severe febrile illness
- Syphilis
- Listeria
- Mycoplasma
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Other systems illness e.g. cardiac, renal or hepatic disease

18

What maternal lifestyle factors can lead to miscarriage?

- Smoking
- Alcohol use
- Caffeine
- Cocaine
- Cannabis
- Stress

19

What drug history can lead to miscarriage?

- Anti-depressant sue
- Peri-conceptual NSAID use

20

What uterine abnormalities can lead to miscarriage?

- Congenital abnormalities
- Asherman's syndrome

21

What congenital abnormalities of the uterus can lead to miscarriage?

- Bicornuate uterus
- Subseptate uterus

22

Congenital uterine abnormalities are present in what % of women with recurrent miscarriage?

15-30%

23

What is Asherman's syndrome?

Where damage to the endometrium and inner uterine walls cause the surfaces to become adherent, partially obliterating uterine cavity

24

When can cervical incompetence lead to?

2nd trimester miscarriage or early preterm delivery

25

How does a miscarriage due to cervical incompetence present?

Usually painless, rapid and bloodless

26

How can cervical incompetency be diagnosed?

- Passage of a Heger 8 dilator without difficulty in a non-pregnant woman
- USS
- Pre-menstrual hysterogram

27

What is the most common cause for cervical incompetency?

Physical damage by mechanical dilation of the cervix or during childbirth

28

What autoimmune factor can commonly cause miscarriage?

- Antiphospholipid antibodies

29

What % of women with recurrent miscarriage have antiphospholipid antibodies present?

15%

30

What is the live birth rate in women with untreated antiphospholipid syndrome?

As low as 10%