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Clin Radiol. 1995 May;50(5):322-6.

The incidence and significance of acute post-hysterectomy pelvic collections.

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  • 1University Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK.

Abstract

In a prospective study, 32 consecutive patients underwent endovaginal pelvic scanning in the first post-operative week following hysterectomy. Twenty-four attended for a further scan at clinical follow up. Vaginal vault fluid collections were identified in 19 women (59%) on the first post-operative scan. Fifteen of the 19 with collections had no significant pyrexia. Out of the entire sample of 32 subjects, six patients (19%) had significant post-operative pyrexia of whom four were in the group with post-hysterectomy vaginal vault collection and two had no collection on their early post-operative scans. All collections detected on the early scans had resolved or were smaller on follow-up scan but two asymptomatic patients who had no collection on the early scan had developed vaginal vault fluid collections on the late follow-up scan. No statistically significant association was demonstrated between the presence of a collection and post-operative pyrexia, surgical approach or operative blood loss The results of this study indicate that the demonstration of vaginal vault collection following hysterectomy is a frequent finding in both febrile and afebrile subjects and does not indicate the need for drainage.

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