Cytotec (misoprostol) injuries or death? Medical records needed.

Hyper Stimulation of the Uterus cuts off Oxygen to fetus.

Hyper Stimulation of the Uterus cuts off Oxygen to fetus.

    From Jette Aaroe Clausen

I am engaged in the public discussion on induction of labor and misoprostol in Denmark. I and a colleague, Eva Rydahl, have addressed the Health committee in the Danish parliament. They have not banned cytotec but they have announced that they will do more monitoring of this and they issued a new circular making it mandatory for midwives and doctors to report side effects to off-label medication.

Eva and I strive to learn more about hyper stimulation and the way cytotec works. To do so we need patient records. We will of course treat them in confidence and not reveal any names. We will be grateful if we can be allowed to read any medical notes from patients (or their families) who have had adverse reactions to Cytotec (misoprostol). Fetal monitor tracings are especially useful to us. My colleague, Eva Rydahl (who is also on facebook), will also be happy to correspond with families. My e-mail address is jecl@phmetropol.dk I work at the Danish midwifery education in Copenhagen. I am an Assoc Prof of Midwifery and a researcher. Jette Aaroe Clausen, May 21, 2014

3 thoughts on “Cytotec (misoprostol) injuries or death? Medical records needed.

  1. Seven years ago I was 24 years old, and 36 weeks pregnant with my first child. One day I noticed she wasn’t moving so we went to the hospital. They told us there was no heartbeat. We asked for a c-section and they told us no. The doctors then proceeded to induce my labor with Cytotec. I was not told anything about the drug, nor given any other options. They put the Cytotec directly on my cervix every four hours. This continued through the night. When I was 3 cm dialated, my water broke, with a horrible painful stabbing feeling. At which point I became a full 10 cm dilated and then passed out. When I woke up, I pushed my daughter out within a couple pushes. Afterwards I was bleeding, severely. I could feel my uterus fill with blood and then gush out. They let me bleed like that for 5 hours until they rushed me for an emergency hysterectomy to save my life. Afterward it has been determined that my uterus was hyper stimulated by the Cytotec making it too tired to contract properly after my daughter’s birth. I’d be happy to send you any records, although since my daughter passed away in utero I’m not sure if they’d be helpful to you. Cytotec is a dangerous drug and doctors carelessly over use it, putting lives at risk. Thankfully I survived, but my uterus and hopes of carrying a child again did not.

  2. Jennifer, I’m so sorry for your loss of your daughter and your uterus. Your case is exactly what the researchers want to document. I’ll give them your email address so they can send you the place to mail them. Thank you for joining the discussion.

  3. Dear Jennifer, I am sorry for the loss of your baby and the hardship that you endured during birth and afterwards. I am impressed by your willingness to contribute to develop our knowledge about misoprostol’s serious side effects; the study of many single cases is how we can develop knowledge about misoprostols serious and rare side effects. Thank you for your important contribution. Stories likes yours are exactly what we are looking for. We hope to understand more about hyperstimulation and its consequences. Extremely rapid progress of labor, as you describe, followed by excessive bleeding is a story that has been known to be connected to misoprostol induction. It would be great if we could be allowed to read your patient record, if possible also the pathology report (often done after hysterectomy) and the fetal monitoring strips. We will of course not reveal your name or personal details. Please contact me here jecl@phmetropol.dk and we will get in touch.

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