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Uterine Artery Embolization

Who requires this procedure ?

This procedure is indicated in female patients who present with abnormal per vaginal bleeding and requiring multiple transfusions.

What is the underlying problem?

The underlying disease is abnormal leakage of blood into the uterus which can be secondary to underlying diseases such as Fibroids, Endometriosis and acquired vascular malformations following D&C .

What are the consequences of postponing / worst complication if left untreated?

Slow leakage of blood results in Anemia, heart failure and eventually death.

How is it diagnosed?

Internal Scan followed by a CT Angiogram

What are the steps of procedure?

The arterial feeders are identified on Angiogram can be blocked by drugs/coils/vascular plugs using thin wires and catheters.

Why endovascular approach?

Interventional radiology offers percutaneous embolization done through a 3mm hole under local anesthesia as a day care procedure.