What is the place of uterine artery embolisation in the management of symptomatic uterine fibroids?

Martha Hickey, Ian Hammond

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    Abstract

    Background: Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is an alternative to surgical management for symptomatic uterine fibroids and is increasingly performed in Australia.Aims: To review the evidence for the efficacy, safety and acceptability of UAE and to evaluate the place of UAE in AustraliaMethods: The study used literature review.Results: UAE compares favourably to hysterectomy and myomectomy in terms of short-term symptom relief, cost, patient satisfaction and complications. There is a paucity of evidence regarding fertility and pregnancy after UAE. A significant minority of women require re-intervention following UAE.Conclusions: UAE should be considered as an alternative to surgical management of symptomatic uterine fibroids in carefully selected and informed patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)360-368
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Volume48
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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