Uterine Artery Embolization


The Following Adverse Effects Have Been Reported In Medical Publications:

  • Death - from embolism, or septicemia (the presence of pus-forming or other pathogenic organisms, or their toxins, in the blood or tissues) resulting in multiple organ failure

  • Infection - from tissue death of fibroids, leading to endometritis (infection of the uterus) resulting in lengthy hospitalization for administration of intravenous antibiotics

  • Misembolization - microspheres or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles flow or drift into organs or tissues where they were not intended to be, causing damage to other organs or other parts of the body

  • Ovarian damage - resulting from embolic material migrating to the ovaries

  • Loss of ovarian function

  • Infertility - loss of ability to conceive

  • Loss of orgasm

  • Failure of embolization surgery - continued fibroid growth, regrowth within four months

  • Menopause - iatrogenic, abnormal, cessation of menstruation and follicle stimulating hormones elevated to menopausal levels

  • Post-Embolization Syndrome (PES) - characterized by acute and/or chronic pain, temperatures of up to 102 degrees, malaise, nausea, vomiting and severe night sweats

  • Foul vaginal odor - coming from infected, necrotic tissue which remains inside the uterus

  • Hysterectomy - due to infection, pain or failure of embolization

  • Pain - severe, persistent pain, resulting in the need for morphine or synthetic narcotics

  • Hematoma - blood clot at the incision site

  • Vaginal discharge - containing pus and blood

  • Bleeding from incision site

  • Bleeding from vagina

  • Fibroid expulsion - fibroids pushing out through the vagina

  • Unsuccessful fibroid expulsion - fibroid trapped in the cervix causing infection requiring surgical removal

  • Life threatening allergic reaction to the contrast material

  • Uterine adhesions

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