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Advances in Contraception

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 57–61 | Cite as

Perforation of the uterus following IUD insertion in the puerperium

  • P. Kiilholma
  • J. Mäkinen
  • J. Mäenpää
Article

Abstract

Perforation of the uterus by an IUD is very rare. However, during the puerperium when the uterus is small and the uterine wall is thin the risk of perforation increases. We present three patients treated within a rather short period of time at our institution for perforation of the uterus caused by IUD insertion 3–4 months after delivery. Although perforation is by no means always associated with pain, our patients did present with abdominal pain caused by this rare IUD-associated complication. One patient underwent laparotomy, and in two, laparoscopy sufficed to treat this complication.

Keywords

Public Health Abdominal Pain Rare Complication Uterine Wall 
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Resumé

La perforation de l'utérus par un DIU se produit très rarement. Toutefois, le risque de perforation augmente pendant la période de puerpéralité, lorsque l'utérus est petit et que sa paroi est mince. L'article présente trois cas de patientes traitées dans notre établissement pour une perforation de l'utérus après insertion d'un DIU 3 à 4 mois après l'accouchement et qui se sont produits à peu de temps d'intervalle. Bien qu'une perforation ne soit pas forcément toujours accompagnée de douleurs, nos patientes étaient affligées de douleurs abdominales dues à cette rare complication liée aux dispositifs intra-utérins. L'une d'elles a dû être laparotomisée et pour les deux autres, la laparoscopie a suffi pour traiter cette complication.

Resumen

La perforación del útero por un DIU ocurre muy rara vez. Sin embargo, el riesgo de perforación aumenta durante el puerperio, cuando el útero es pequeño y la pared uterina delgada. El artículo presenta tres casos de pacientes tratadas en nuestro establecimiento por una perforación de útero tras la inserción de un DIU 3 ó 4 meses después del parto y que se produjeron con poco intervalo. Si bien una perforación no va siempre acompañada de dolores, nuestras pacientes experimentaban dolores abdominales causados por esta rara complicación asociada con los dispositivos intrauterinos. Una paciente debió ser sometida a una laparotomía y, en el caso de las otras dos, fue suficiente una laparoscopia para tratar esta complicación.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kiilholma
    • 1
  • J. Mäkinen
    • 1
  • J. Mäenpää
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsTurku University Central HospitalTurkuFinland

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