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Fertil Steril. 1993 Aug;60(2):211-26.

Transcervical tubal cannulation, past, present, and future.

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Centro Medico Docente La Trinidad, Caracas, Venezuela.



To evaluate publications that introduced novel diagnostic and therapeutic transcervical procedures on the fallopian tubes.


Major studies that conceptually changed the therapeutic approach to the fallopian tubes were reviewed. Minor publications were also included if they introduced a new concept or contributed to the topic. Clinical publications were selected if they involved transcervical diagnosis and treatment of fallopian tubes.


Transcervical tubal catheterization procedures for diagnosis of tubal disease, tubal obliteration, tubal recanalization, and tubal medication are minimally invasive procedures that can improve our understanding and diagnostic accuracy of tubal disease. These procedures allow transcervical treatment of proximal tubal occlusion. Further improvements in equipment and methodology are promising. Transcervical tubal occlusion, gamete and embryo deposition, and treatment of ectopic pregnancy may all be performed using the transcervical approach.


Transcervical tubal catheterization can replace microsurgery and IVF in selected patients with proximal tubal occlusion, improve the diagnostic accuracy of tubal disease, and deliver medications to the fallopian tubes. Cumulative knowledge suggests that transcervical tubal catheterization should become a universally accepted, taught, and practiced approach in the diagnosis and treatment of the fallopian tubes.

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