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Focal myometrial defect and partial placenta accreta in a pregnancy following bilateral uterine artery embolization

Author(s): M. El-Miligy, A. Gordon, G. Houston

A 29-year-old nulliparous patient was treated with uterine artery embolization (UAE) for a large symptomatic uterine fibroid, resulting in a marked reduction of the tumor volume. She subsequently conceived and progressed through pregnancy uneventfully. At cesarean section for breech presentation at term, a large fundal myometrial defect was encountered. In addition, the patient presented with unexpected partial placenta accreta, which resulted in massive atonic uterine bleeding. It is suggested that UAE was implicated in the pathogenesis of myometrial damage and abnormal placentation. It is proposed that the antenatal care of pregnancies after UAE include careful imaging of the placenta, its vasculature, and the thickness of overlying uterine wall so peripartum management can be appropriately planned.

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ISBN: 1051-0443
Publication Year: 2007
Periodical: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Periodical Number: 6
Volume: 18
Pages: 789-791
Author Address: El-Miligy, M Tayside Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Western Ave, Perth PH1 1NX, Scotland Tayside Univ Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Perth PH1 1NX, Scotland Ninewells Hosp, Dept Radiol, Dundee DD1 9SY, Scotland