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Intrauterine pressure and fluid absorption during continuous flow hysteroscopy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1497040     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to document the causes of fluid absorption during continuous flow hysteroscopy and to determine under which operative conditions fluid overload may occur. STUDY DESIGN: Fifteen patients underwent operative hysteroscopy with 2% ethanol solution for uterine distention. Absorption of fluid was measured by blood alcohol, sodium, osmolarity, and hematocrit. Intrauterine pressures were measured with an obstetric pressure catheter. RESULTS: Alcohol absorption was noted in one patient during a myoma resection. Two additional patients, not in the study, had fluid absorption after partial perforations of the uterus. Under normal operative conditions there were no changes in sodium, osmolarity, or hematocrit. Intrauterine pressures ranged from 45 to 75 mm Hg. Experimental pressures of greater than 200 mm Hg were not associated with fluid absorption. CONCLUSIONS: Intravasation of fluid may occur through open uterine venous channels with extensive resections and under low pressures in the presence of unrecognized perforations.
S P Vulgaropulos; L C Haley; J F Hulka
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  167     ISSN:  0002-9378     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  1992 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-09-10     Completed Date:  1992-09-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  386-90; discussion 390-1     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill 27599-7570.
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MeSH Terms
Ethanol / blood
Glycine / pharmacokinetics
Hysteroscopy / methods*
Intraoperative Complications
Uterus / metabolism,  pathology,  physiopathology*,  surgery
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Solutions; 56-40-6/Glycine; 64-17-5/Ethanol

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