Uterine Artery Embolization and Pregnancy. Actual and Controversial Issues of Gestation Terms and Delivery

Julia E. Dobrokhotova, PhD, ScD*; Igor I. Grishin, PhD; Djamilya M. Ibragimova, PhD; Inessa G. Knysheva; Vera J. Ilchenko

N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University; Moscow, the Russian Federation

*Corresponding author: Professor Julia E. Dobrokhotova, PhD, ScD. Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Faculty, N.I. Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, the Russian Federation. E-mail: pr.dobrohotova@mail.ru

Published: March 16, 2016. DOI: 10.21103/Article6(1)_OA6


Background: The aim of this study was to estimate the particular qualities of pregnancy and delivery among patients after uterine artery embolization (UAE) for uterine fibroids (UF).

Materials and Methods: The study included 161pregnant women. We performed a comparative analysis of pregnancy and delivery among patients after UAE, patients with UF without UAE, and healthy patients with physiological pregnancy and childbirth.

Results: The frequency of complications during pregnancy and delivery among patients after UAE for UF was not significantly different from the frequency of complications among patients without UF and significantly lower than the complication rate among patients with UF without UAE.

Conclusion: UAE use is a highly efficient alternative to surgical or medical treatments for UF in patients of reproductive age, which plan pregnancy.

uterine fibroids; uterine artery embolization; pregnancy; childbirth.
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