Percutaneous embolization in the management of intractable vaginal bleeding

mihmanlı İ., Cantasdemir M., Kantarci F., Yilmaz M., Numan F., Mihmanli V.

ARCHIVES OF GYNECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS, vol.264, no.4, pp.211-214, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 264 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s004040000119
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.211-214
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


AIM: To assess the effectiveness of arterial embolization in gynecological malignancies by Polyvinyl Alcohol particles. Material and Methods: Six patients, four with cervix carcinoma, one endometrium carcinoma, and one vaginal metastasis of ovarian carcinoma underwent percutaneous embolization due to intractable vaginal bleeding. As an embolic agent PVA particles were used. Results: Cessation of the bleeding was observed immediately after the embolization, Complete embolization has been achieved in all the patients Recurrent bleeding did not occur in any of the cases. There were no complications related to the embolization procedure. Conclusion: Transarterial embolization is a lifesaving procedure in treating intractable vaginal bleeding. PVA particles are effective and it is a simple way in ceasing the hemorrhage due to pelvic malignancies.