Complications following extended freeze endometrial cryoablation in uteri with previous uterine incisions: A case report

Laura Martin, Stacey A. Scheib, Jay Goldberg

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BACKGROUND: Endometrial cryoablation causes cryonecrosis of the endometrial lining as treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding in premenopausal women who have no desire for future fertility. Extended freezes to potentially improve efficacy have been described in the literature, although no associated complications have been reported. CASE: We present 2 cases of ureteral stricture and sigmoid colon perforation in separate patients following extended freeze cryoendometrial ablation. Both patients had a preexisting uterine scar from prior cesarean section or myomectomy. CONCLUSION: Patients with a prior uterine incision may be at increased risk for complications from extended freeze endometrial cryoablation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-542
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2015



  • Cryoablation
  • Cryoendometrial ablation
  • Cryonecrosis
  • Cryosurgery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Extended freeze endometrial cryoablation
  • Uterine scar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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