Safety of transvaginal fine needle puncture of gynecologic masses: A report after 500 consecutive procedures

Gerardo Zanetta, Andrea Lissoni, Dorella Franchi, Maria Rosa Pittelli, Gennaro Cormio, Diego Trio

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Abstract

Transvaginal sonographically guided puncture may be used for diagnostic and therapeutic purpose in general gynecology and in oncology. To define the complication rate of this technique, 500 consecutive procedures were reviewed; 289 procedures were on cystic masses, 146 on solid tumors, 34 on mixed tumors, and 31 on other lesions. No life-threatening complications occurred. Early mild and self-limited complications developed in eight procedures (1.6%). Short-term complications occurred in four cases (0.8%; two infections, one pelvic pain, one hemorrage); two of these required surgery. Transvaginal sonographically guided puncture is safe and does not entail a higher risk of infection than transabdominal punctures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-404
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Volume15
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1996

Keywords

  • Fine needle biopsy
  • Ovary, cysts
  • Tumors, ovary
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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