Laparoscopic Management of Uterine Perforation with Incarceration of the Fallopian Tube

Allison Linton, Amber Watters, Jessica Kiley*

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Background: Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a safe, common surgical procedure. Complications occur rarely, but outcomes depend upon prompt recognition and management of such complications. Acute abdominal pain after D&C, even without a suspicion of hemorrhage, warrants additional evaluation. Case: A 36-year-old gravida 5, para 2022, woman underwent a suction D&C in early pregnancy and, postoperatively, had significant pain symptoms and signs of an acute abdomen. Diagnostic laparoscopy revealed an incarcerated, transected fallopian tube drawn into the endometrial cavity through a small uterine perforation. The incarcerated fallopian tube was released from the myometrial defect, and salpingectomy was performed. Results: The patient was discharged to go home on the day of surgery, and her recovery was unremarkable. Conclusions: Uterine perforation during D&C might involve adnexal structures or the surrounding viscera. This case report is the first report of immediate laparoscopic management of fallopian-tube incarceration after uterine perforation. Laparoscopy is the preferred approach for a patient with suspected uterine perforation who is hemodynamically stable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-56
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Gynecologic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Dilation and curettage
  • fallopian tube incarceration
  • uterine perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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