Prolonged retention of laminaria fragments: a rare complication of induced abortion.

Eylan Lachman*, Bernard Czernobilsky, Mordechai Ben-David, Eugene Vlodavsky, Beatrice Lifschitz-Mercer, Yaacov Mammet

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BACKGROUND: Laminaria are used worldwide for the preparation of the cervix for termination of pregnancy. CASE: The patient presented with recurrent episodes of pelvic inflammatory disease. Her history was significant for treatment with laminaria 4 years before presentation. After 6 months of evaluation, a diagnostic dilation and curettage was performed with removal of laminaria fragments. CONCLUSION: Evaluation for complete removal of laminaria is critical. Retention of laminaria should be considered in the workup of patients who have pelvic inflammatory disease or genital infections and have received laminaria in the past.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1130
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5 Pt 2
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes


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