Complications of Fibroid Embolisation

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is a well-established procedure in the treatment of uterine fibroids. It is a safe procedure in experienced hands, but is not without serious complications. As our experience with the procedure has grown, our understanding of the nature and timing of these complications has also improved. A large number of observational studies and comparative studies of UAE versus surgery have reported a range of complication rates. Two large multicentre registries with the largest patient cohorts have also presented their data on adverse events. These complications are classified according to the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) guidelines and the evidence for each category is presented in this chapter. It is important to understand the causes of these adverse events and to maintain awareness during and after UAE, in order to ensure prompt diagnosis and appropriate management should they occur.


Uterine Artery Embolisation Uterine Fibroid Vaginal Discharge Placenta Accreta Interventional Radiological Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologySt George’s HospitalLondonUK

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