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Uterine balloon therapy to treat menorrhagia.
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PMID:  9856319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical efficacy, safety and acceptability of the thermal balloon endometrial ablation (TBEA) in patients with dysfunctional uterine bleeding. METHODS: Thirteen patients with DUB who did not respond to medical treatment and dilatation and curettage consented to a trial of TBEA with EASY model of balloon catheter by Gynecare. All procedures were done under intravenous (i.v.) sedation and paracervical block. Patients were mostly discharged within 48 h. Follow-up of 2-19 months is reported. Transvaginal ultrasound and hysteroscopy were performed in six patients after 6 months of TBEA. RESULTS: Twelve patients (92.3%) reported a significant reduction in bleeding. Two patients (15.4%) experienced amenorrhea. Only two patients (15.4%) underwent subsequent hysterectomy, one for persistent menorrhagia and the other for severe pelvic pain. In successful patients of TBEA, transvaginal ultrasonography revealed marked reduction in endometrial thickness and no endometrium was visible in one patient who had developed amenorrhea. In successful cases follow-up hysteroscopy revealed scarring in more than two-thirds of the endometrium. CONCLUSIONS: Thermal balloon endometrial ablation is a safe, simple, effective, easy and minimally invasive procedure which can be done under i.v. sedation and paracervical block in an office setting. It has several advantages over hysterectomy, including preservation of the uterus, avoidance of surgical incision and potential to perform on an outpatient basis. It is a good alternative to hysteroscopic endometrial ablation with a comparable success rate with minimal risk and no limiting factors except the cost of the balloons. However, large scale randomized controlled studies are needed with TBEA and other endometrial ablation procedures.
K Buckshee; K Banerjee; H Bhatla
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1998 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-10     Completed Date:  1999-03-10     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  139-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
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MeSH Terms
Balloon Dilatation*
Catheter Ablation / methods*
Endometrium / surgery*
Follow-Up Studies
Hot Temperature
Menorrhagia / therapy*,  ultrasonography
Treatment Outcome

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