[Embolization in the treatment of uterine myoma]

Department of Science and Technology - Brazilian Health Technology Assessment General Coordination
Record ID 32006001461
Authors' objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of uterine artery embolization in the treatment of symptomatic uterine leiomyoma.
Authors' recommendations: The adoption of embolization therapy should take the patient’s preferences into consideration, provided she is informed of the possibility of future pregnancy and her intention to preserve the uterus is made clear, when the alternative is hysterectomy. Costs are apparently lower, with shorter length of hospital stay. A shorter period of postoperative functional limitation and lower risk of more serious complications were demonstrated after embolization when compared to hysterectomy. There are risks of necrosis of the uterus and of different tissues of the reproductive tract, as well as septic shock, in embolization, but they are yet to be determined. Due to the number of publications available and the enthusiasm of the supporters of this new technique, there is an urgent need for controlled studies of an appropriate methodological quality.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2005
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Brazil
MeSH Terms
  • Myoma
  • Embolization, Therapeutic
  • Leiomyoma
  • Uterine Neoplasms
  • Uterus
Organisation Name: Coordenação-Geral de Fomento à Pesquisa e Avaliação de Tecnologias em Saúde, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia
Contact Address: Ministerio da Saude, Secretaria de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Insumos Estrategicos, Departamento de Ciencia e Tecnologia, Esplanada dos Ministerios, Edificio sede; bl "G" - 8 andar - SL 834, CEP: 70058-900, Brasilia, DF Brazil, Tel: +55 61 3315 3197 Fax: +55 61 3315 3850
Contact Name: suzanne.jacob@saude.gov.br
Contact Email: suzanne.jacob@saude.gov.br
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