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BJOG. 2001 Jun;108(6):657-8.

Spontaneous opening of the Filshie clip as a cause of sterilisation failure.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


An open Filshie clip is sometimes detected during the evaluation of a case of sterilisation failure. This spontaneous opening of the clip does not need to have been caused by material failure, but may be produced by jamming of the clip what can occur by incorrect squeezing during closure. On superficial observation, the clip will appear to be closed, but it may easily open itself by its spring mechanism when the clip is moved or merely touched. Especially in the teaching situation one should be careful for this lapse.

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