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A 39-year-old Asian woman was admitted to hospital with persistent, heavy vaginal bleeding following an uncomplicated first trimester surgical termination of pregnancy (STOP). Her heavy bleeding continued after the STOP and she had recurrent hospital admissions which included two procedures to evacuate presumed retained products of conception. She eventually had a MRI scan performed which suggested placental tissue in the fundal region, extended into the uterine wall. The findings were consistent with placenta increta and the patient had a bilateral uterine artery embolisation (UAE), following which her symptoms rapidly subsided. We describe the first successfully managed case of persistent vaginal bleeding secondary to abnormal placentation. It would seem to substantiate the efficacy of UAE as a therapeutic modality for the conservative management of invasive placentation in the first trimester of pregnancy. © 2008 Springer-Verlag.

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Journal article


Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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713 - 715