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Hysterosalpingogram: an essential examination following Essure hysteroscopic sterilisation.
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PMID:  21123309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe our experience of imaging following hysteroscopic sterilisation with the Essure (Conceptus Inc., Mountain View, San Carlos, CA) microinsert, and to underline the importance of a carefully performed follow-up hysterosalpingogram (HSG) in the management of these patients.
METHODS: 18 women underwent the procedure and all returned for follow-up HSG. A standard HSG technique was used and views were acquired to establish microinsert position and tubal occlusion.
RESULTS: In 16 of the 18 women, adequate microinsert positioning and bilateral tubal occlusion was present. In one woman, a unilateral microinsert occluded the fallopian tube, whereas the other fallopian tube was ligated with a clip. The final patient underwent two studies; both showed well-positioned microinserts but unilateral free spill from the right fallopian tube. There are no reported pregnancies thus far.
CONCLUSION: Essure sterilisation coils have a unique appearance when radiographed and are an effective means of permanently occluding the fallopian tubes. HSG is a rapid and safe method of confirming satisfactory placement and tubal occlusion. Non-HSG imaging techniques are suboptimal at detecting patent fallopian tubes and expose patients to the risk of an unwanted and potentially complicated pregnancy.
V Shah; N Panay; R Williamson; A Hemingway
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of radiology     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1748-880X     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Radiol     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-18     Completed Date:  2011-10-14     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373125     Medline TA:  Br J Radiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  805-12     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Imaging, Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte Hospitals, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Hysterosalpingography* / methods
Middle Aged
Sterilization, Reproductive / methods*
Sterilization, Tubal / adverse effects,  methods*

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