Abstract Title:

Prevalence of Asherman's syndrome after secondary removal of placental remnants or a repeat curettage for incomplete abortion.

Abstract Source:

Hum Reprod. 1998 Dec;13(12):3347-50. PMID: 9886512

Abstract Author(s):

I C Westendorp, W M Ankum, B W Mol, J Vonk

Article Affiliation:

Epidemiology&Biostatistics, Erasmus University Medical School, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


This prospective study assesses the prevalence of intrauterine adhesions among women undergoing secondary removal of placental remnants after delivery, or a repeat curettage for incomplete abortions, and evaluates risk factors associated with the presence of intrauterine adhesions. In 50 women, undergoing either a secondary removal of placental remnants more than 24 h after delivery, or a repeat curettage for incomplete abortions, ambulatory hysteroscopy was performed 3 months after the intervention. Intrauterine adhesions were found in 20 of the women (40%): five patients had Asherman's syndrome grade I, six had grade II, six had grade III and three had grade IV. In women with menstrual disorders a statistically significant 12-fold increased risk for Asherman's syndrome grade II-IV was found. Previous abortion as well as infection during surgery were associated with a mildly but non-significant increased risk. Based on our findings, hysteroscopy is recommended only in those patients who develop menstrual disorders, either after secondary intervention for placental remnants after delivery or after a repeat curettage.

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