The findings from a multi-country clinical trial published today in the New England Journal of Medicine show that the use of preventive antibiotics before miscarriage surgery did not result in a significantly lower risk of pelvic infection than the use of a placebo.

Roughly 10% to 20% of the 208 million pregnancies that occur each year globally end in miscarriage, and surgery is often required to remove the contents of the uterus. But whether prophylactic antibiotics help prevent post-surgical infection remains unclear.

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