Prevalence of positive preoperative pregnancy testing in teenagers scheduled for orthopedic surgery.

Abstract

The pregnancy status of female teenagers presenting for orthopaedic surgery is often unknown. Anesthetics may have teratogenic or abortive effects. The authors report the results of a screening program for unrecognized pregnancy in 532 female teenagers presenting for orthopaedic surgery. Five patients with a positive urine human chorionic gonadotropin test… (More)

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