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Abortion does not worsen rheumatic disease outcomes

Healio Rheumatology reports on a recent study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology which found that neither elective nor medically-indicated abortions result in worse outcomes among patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

Michael D. Lockshin, MD, rheumatologist at HSS, explains that “patients and doctors often ask about comparative safety of continuing or ending pregnancy but there is almost no published information on this topic”.

He adds, “For ethical, personal, legal and health care reasons, there will never be a controlled trial on termination of pregnancy, so a presentation of observational data like ours provides at least some background to inform physicians and patients.”

Read the full article at Healio.com.