Embolic Occlusion of the Blood Supply to Uterine Myomas: Report of 2 Cases

Authors

  • Raphael Kuhn FRCOG, FRACOG,

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    1. Royal Women's Hospital, Victoria
      5 Dr Raphael Kuhn, Suite 4,320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002.
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      Head of Unit, Department of Gynaecology.

  • Peter Mitchell FRACR

    1. Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
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      Director, Neuroradiology and Neurointervention.


5 Dr Raphael Kuhn, Suite 4,320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002.

Abstract

Summary: Uterine myomas are the most common tumours of the female genital tract and with menorrhagia provide the most common indications for hysterectomy. Whilst myomectomy is a surgical alternative, it is associated with greater morbidity and a higher blood transfusion rate. Arterial embolization of myomas is a nonsurgical treatment option that can be performed as an outpatient procedure, is cheaper than myomectomy, permits preservation of reproductive potential, and may not only be associated with less morbidity than myomectomy but also may not cause adhesions which could compromise fertility. This paper details 2 cases treated by this technique.

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