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Hysteroscopy and Retained Products of Conception

  • Luis Alonso Pacheco
  • Laura Nieto Pascual
  • Beatriz Garcia Mourin
  • Miguel Rodrigo Olmedo


The existence of intrauterine residual trophoblastic tissue can be observed after an abortion, miscarriage, or parturition. The classical clinical presentation of retained products of conception (RPOC) is abnormal uterine bleeding after a term of pregnancy. The amounts of this bleeding may be slight or profuse. The diagnosis is based on a previous history of pregnancy, clinical symptoms, and diagnostic tools such as ultrasound and hysteroscopy. Various options have been proposed for the treatment of retained products of conception including expectant management, medical and surgical treatment. The use of hysteroscopy in patients with RPOC helps to establish an accurate and reliable diagnosis and allows for the selective resection of the residual tissue under direct visualization.


Retained products of conception Placenta polyp Hysteroscopy Surgery Vaginal bleeding Pregnancy complications Doppler ultrasound 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Alonso Pacheco
    • 1
  • Laura Nieto Pascual
    • 2
  • Beatriz Garcia Mourin
    • 3
  • Miguel Rodrigo Olmedo
    • 4
  1. 1.Unidad Endoscopia Centro Gutenberg 1Unidad de Reproducción Asistida de QuirónsaludMálagaSpain
  2. 2.Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía 3CórdobaSpain
  3. 3.Unidad Endoscopia Clínica Victoria 4MálagaSpain
  4. 4.Unidad Endoscopia Centro Gutenberg 1MálagaSpain

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