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

William L. Hennrikus, Brian A. Shaw, Joseph A. Gerardi

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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 were identified, for a prevalence of 1 positive result in 106 patients tested (0.9%). Surgery was cancelled in each case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-679
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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