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Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2001 Jun;13(3):281-6.

Hydrosalpinx and assisted reproduction: options and rationale for treatment.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey.


Salpingoscopy during laparoscopy yields the best prognosis in patients with hydrosalpinx. It has been demonstrated that in-vitro fertilization (IVF) patients with hydrosalpinx have decreased pregnancy rates as compared with control individuals. If a patient with hydrosalpinx is to be treated with IVF, then the communication between the uterine tube and the uterine cavity should be blocked via salpingectomy or proximal tubal ligation, with or without distal tubal fenestration. This is because there is evidence that hydrosalpinx, especially when it is bilateral and visible by ultrasonography, impacts negatively on pregnancy and implantation rates after IVF cycles.

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