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J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2003 Jan-Feb;27(1):88-92.

Retained products of conception masquerading as acquired arteriovenous malformation.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan.


This case documents a seldom-described event of retained products of conception masquerading as an acquired arteriovenous malformation (AVM) of the uterus. The patient presented with sudden onset of heavy vaginal bleeding 6 weeks after artificial abortion. Ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a diffuse intramural lesion predominantly consisting of prominent vessels, which raised suspicion of an AVM. Hysterectomy revealed retained products of placenta that were necrotic and encroached into thin myometrium.

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