The Fallopian Tube

Clinical and Surgical Aspects

  • Jurgis G. Grudzinskas
  • Michael G. Chapman
  • Timothy Chard
  • Ovrang Djahanbakhch
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Microanatomy, Physiology and Metabolism of the Fallopian Tube

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. O. Djahanbakhch, E. Kervancioglu, S. D. Maguiness, J. E. Martin
      Pages 37-51
    3. H. J. Leese, I. A. Brewis, L. J. Edwards, S. M. Gray, L. S. Skiera, R. M. L. Winston
      Pages 53-62
    4. S. D. Maguiness, K. Shrimanker, O. Djahanbakhch, J. G. Grudzinskas
      Pages 63-75
    5. C. L. R. Barratt, M. Williams, M. A. Warren
      Pages 77-91
  3. Tubal Endoscopy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. O. Djahanbakhch, S. D. Maguiness
      Pages 111-119
  4. Diagnosis and Treatment of Tubal Disease

  5. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. J. M. Pearce
      Pages 171-179
  6. Surgical Techniques for Female Sterilisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. K. Wamsteker, S. de Blok, M. H. Emanuel, C. G. W. A. Stappers-de Kuijer
      Pages 183-196
    3. G. M. Filshie, G. Robinson
      Pages 197-209
  7. Gamete and Embryo Transfer into the Fallopian Tube

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. R. P. S. Jansen, J. C. Anderson
      Pages 229-237
  8. Diagnosis and Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. B. Cacciatore, P. Ylöstalo, M. Seppälä
      Pages 241-254
    3. F. Risquez, R. Forman, J.-R. Zorn
      Pages 279-293
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 295-302

About these proceedings


The examination of the human fallopian tubes was, until recently, restricted to observations on gross anatomical disposition and tubal patency. These studies, for decades, were the domain of doctors and physiologists whose primary interest was population control and family planning, funded largely by organisations and agencies seek­ ing alternatives to steroidal contraceptives. For a "worrying" but short period after the birth of Louise Brown in 1978 as the conse­ quence of successful in-vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer, the fallopian tube was considered to be "dispensable" given that the metabolic milieu in which human fertilisation takes place could be effortlessly reproduced in a Petri dish, in in-vitro fertilisation procedures. However, a number of factors have acted together to renew in­ terest in the fallopian tube, namely new techniques in cell biology, microinstrument developments (in particular in imaging), an inter­ disciplinary transfer of skills from interventional radiology and car­ diology to gynaecology, the surgeon's wish to improve surgical tech­ niques, and better techniques to monitor early pregnancy. These factors have led surgeons to develop the new diagnostic and ther­ apeutic strategies and techniques listed here. This volume contains contributions from the majority of keynote speakers at a conference held in London in April 1992 from which its title is derived. Better diagnostic procedures should lead to the implementation of rational effective treatments.


Embryo anatomy assisted reproduction contraception endoscopy fallopian tube fertility infertility interventional radiology micro endoscopy oviduct pregnancy reproduction reproductive medicine surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • Jurgis G. Grudzinskas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael G. Chapman
    • 3
  • Timothy Chard
    • 4
  • Ovrang Djahanbakhch
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Academic Unit of Obstetrics and GynaecologyHolland WingUK
  2. 2.The Royal London HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyGuy’s HospitalLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Reproductive PhysiologySt Bartholomew’s Hospital, Medical CollegeLondonUK
  5. 5.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyNewham General HospitalLondonUK
  6. 6.Academic Unit of Obstetrics and GynaecologyThe Royal London HospitalLondonUK

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