Term: Spontaneous Abortion

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05


"Abortion that occurs naturally. Also called miscarriage." (Olds SB et al., 2004).

In Heaman et al. (2012), a spontaneous abortion was determined by the ICD-9-CM codes of 634, 637 or 656.4 or the ICD-10-CA codes of O03 or O36.4.

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  • Olds SB, London ML, Wieland PA, Davidson MR. Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Care. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc. 2004.(View)

Term used in 

  • Heaman M, Kingston D, Helewa M, Brownell M, Derksen S, Bogdanovic B, McGowan K, Bailly A. Perinatal Services and Outcomes in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] [Errata] (View)