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Hum Reprod. 1992 Oct;7(9):1271-3.

Sonographic transcervical balloon tuboplasty.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60608.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate sonographic guidance for transcervical tubal catheterization and transcervical balloon tuboplasty of patients with bilateral proximal tubal occlusion. Cornual catheterization and transcervical balloon tuboplasty were performed under sonographic guidance. Injection of micro-bubble emulsion confirmed tubal recanalization. Tubal patency demonstrated by sonography was confirmed by injection of contrast material under fluoroscopy. Four women with bilateral proximal tubal occlusion confirmed by previous hysterosalpingogram and laparoscopy underwent sonographically guided transcervical balloon tuboplasty. Patients with distal or peritubal damage were excluded from this study. Bilateral tubal patency confirmed by sonography and subsequent fluoroscopy was achieved in all four patients. One patient conceived spontaneously, a month following the procedure, and delivered at term. Sonographically guided transcervical balloon tuboplasty can be performed successfully on patients with proximal tubal occlusion. Identification of the catheter tip and successful cannulation of the internal tubal ostia were easier to perform under fluoroscopy. Further improvements in sonographic equipment and catheter technology will hopefully eliminate radiation and replace fluoroscopy during the performance of transcervical balloon tuboplasty. Sonographic transcervical tubal catheterization may, therefore, become a simple and cost-effective procedure for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with proximal tubal occlusion.

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