A study in the BMJ Open Journal looked at the outcomes for 2,845 who arrived at NHS hospitals, with pain or bleeding, for a scan, where the results showed the continuation of pregnancy was uncertain.
The research found 19 pregnancies out of 549 miscarriages could have wrongly been thought to be miscarried.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that a second scan should be offered if the gestational sac is over 25mm in diameter.
Consultant gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and the lead author of the study, James Bourne told The Guardian: “Women should be able to rely on a diagnosis of miscarriage. It’s an area of medicine where the highest levels of caution are warranted.
“We have shown that perhaps people are brought back too early. Most guidelines say if you’re uncertain, then come back in seven days, repeat the scan, and at the time you should expect to see a heartbeat or, perhaps if you have an empty sac, you should expect to see an embryo.”
Full research from BMJ Open Journal regarding this subject can be found here.
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