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Uterine artery embolisation as an effective choice for symptomatic fibroids: Five-year outcome

Paul Rischbieter, Christine Sinclair, Andrew Lawson, Samia Ahmad
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 20, No 1 | a959 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v20i1.959 | © 2016 Paul Rischbieter, Christine Sinclair, Andrew Lawson, Samia Ahmad | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 November 2015 | Published: 31 March 2016

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Paul Rischbieter, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Christine Sinclair, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Andrew Lawson, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Samia Ahmad, Department of Radiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Uterine artery embolisation for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids is a relatively new but internationally recognised procedure. The present study seeks to report the results of the largest South African series of uterine artery embolisations for symptomatic fibroids to date. It is the fourth article to be published in South Africa on the outcomes of this procedure, and the largest South African series to date.

Objective: To evaluate the long-term efficacy of uterine artery embolisation in women with symptomatic fibroids in a tertiary hospital in South Africa.

Methods: Eighty-two women who presented for uterine artery embolisation at a single site in South Africa for symptomatic fibroids were retrospectively studied. Outcomes included recurrence and re-intervention rates, patient satisfaction and complication rate.

Results: Two patients required repeat embolisation, and one patient experienced fibroid recurrence without further intervention. No repeat myomectomies were performed. Eighty percent of patients reported being satisfied, 12% partially satisfied and 7% not satisfied. No major complications were reported.

Conclusion: Uterine artery embolisation was shown to be a good choice in the treatment of symptomatic fibroids and presents favourable long-term outcomes in the South African population.


Keywords

Fibroid embolization, leiomyoma, fibroid

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