dilation and evacuation


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dilation and evacuation

n. Abbr. D & E
A surgical abortion performed during the second trimester of pregnancy by dilation of the cervix and removal of the fetus and other products of conception, usually by use of vacuum aspiration and surgical instruments.

dilation and evacuation (D&E)

Etymology: L, dilatare, to widen, evacuare, to empty
the removal of the products of conception, using suction curettage and forceps, during the second trimester of pregnancy; a type of abortion.

di·la·tion and e·vac·u·a·tion

(D & E) (dī-lā'shŭn ĕ-vak'yū-ā'shŭn)
Dilation of the cervix and removal of the products of conception.
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Dilation and evacuation is performed as an outpatient surgical procedure.
The commonly held belief that this procedure is associated with subsequent cervical incompetence and adverse pregnancy outcome did not stand up to a review of the records of all patients at one institution who underwent dilation and evacuation (D&E) at 1424 weeks' gestation between May 1996 and May 2000.
When skilled operators are available, dilation and evacuation should be considered the preferred method for second trimester abortion," the researchers conclude, emphasizing that a woman's preference must also be considered.
I had an intact dilation and evacuation or D&E - wrongly termed ``partial birth abortion'' - because, in the opinion of my specialists, it was the safest and most appropriate medical procedure available for both me and my son.
And, as NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson recently noted, "This widely used medical dictionary does NOT list the pseudo-medical jargon terms that pro-abortion groups insist are the proper `medical' terms for the method - - `dilation and extraction,' `intact dilation and evacuation,' or `intact dilation and extraction.
The procedure, medically known as intact dilation and evacuation, involves the partial delivery of the fetus through the birth canal before the doctor kills it by sucking out the brains.
The odds of a subsequent premature birth (less than 37 weeks) for women aborted by dilation and evacuation were 2.
The Adeses had to get through four nights before doctors could begin the three-day intact dilation and evacuation procedure the following Monday.
Written by Justice Stephen Breyer and joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority opinion held that Nebraska's law was overbroad because it allegedly banned not only the targeted partial-birth abortion (referred to by the justices as intact dilation and extraction or "D&X") but also the most common post-first-trimester abortion procedure, dilation and evacuation ("D&E").
Mary-Dorothy Line of Marina del Rey, said she had the dilation and evacuation procedure last July because her son had hydrocephaly and other problems.
On September 25, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals panel held that the language of the statute would infringe on a different abortion technique, dilation and evacuation (D&E), an interpretation that supporters say is incorrect.
The measure seeks to outlaw a rare procedure known as an intact dilation and evacuation, which is performed after 20 weeks of gestation and is called by abortion opponents a "partial birth abortion.