Laparoscopic surgical management of ovarian cysts assisted by simultaneous transvaginal ultrasonography

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the use of transvaginal ultrasound guidance during operative laparoscopy. STUDY DESIGN: Five of 98 consecutive cases of operative laparoscopy for benign-appearing ovarian cysts were complicated by extensive intrapelvic adhesions and a distorted anatomy. Following prolonged dissection, simultaneous transvaginal ultrasonography was used in these cases. RESULTS: In all cases we were able to ultrasonographically image and locate the ovarian cyst during the laparoscopic procedure. In four cases this was a significant aid in expediting the procedure and avoiding damage to adjacent pelvic structures. In one case, identification of the ovarian cyst facilitated the decision to resort to laparotomy. CONCLUSION: In selected cases, laparoscopic surgeons should be aware of the feasibility and possible benefits of the use of simultaneous intraoperative transvaginal ultrasonography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-306
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of reproductive medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • laparoscopic surgery
  • ovarian neoplasm
  • ultrasonography


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