CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Radiol Imaging 2017; 27(04): 488-495
DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_204_16

Endovascular uterine artery interventions

Chandan J Das
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Deepak Rathinam
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Smita Manchanda
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
D N Srivastava
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
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Percutaneous vascular embolization plays an important role in the management of various gynecologic and obstetric abnormalities. Transcatheter embolization is a minimally invasive alternative procedure to surgery with reduced morbidity and mortality, and preserves the patient's future fertility potential. The clinical indications for transcatheter embolization are much broader and include many benign gynecologic conditions, such as fibroid, adenomyosis, and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), as well as intractable bleeding due to inoperable advanced-stage malignancies. The most well-known and well-studied indication is uterine fibroid embolization. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) may be performed to prevent or treat bleeding associated with various obstetric conditions, including postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), placental implantation abnormality, and ectopic pregnancy. Embolization of the uterine artery or the internal iliac artery also may be performed to control pelvic bleeding due to coagulopathy or iatrogenic injury. This article discusses these gynecologic and obstetric indications for transcatheter embolization and reviews procedural techniques and outcomes.

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27 July 2021

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