Minimum intrauterine pressure required for uterine distention

Valerie L. Baker, G. David Adamson

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Abstract

We conducted a prospective, nonrandomized study in seven women to determine the minimum intrauterine pressure required to distend the uterine cavity during hysteroscopy using saline as a distending medium. Intrauterine perfusion pressure required to separate the anterior and posterior uterine walls was measured with a Cobe CDX pressure transducer kit. The uterine cavity was distended when intrauterine perfusion pressure reached a median of 40 mm Hg (range 25-50 mm Hg). Results of this preliminary study suggest that a liquid with the same viscosity as normal saline distends the uterine cavity at a pressure of approximately 40 mm Hg. This pressure is lower than that at which spillage from fallopian tubes occurs, suggesting that it may theoretically be possible to ablate the endometrial lining with heated liquid without spilling liquid into the peritoneal cavity. Further study with larger numbers of patients is required to verify this finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-53
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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