Reproductive outcome after fimbrial evacuation of tubal pregnancy

D. Sherman, R. Langer, A. Herman, I. Bukovsky, E. Caspi

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Thirty-one ectopic pregnancies were manually expressed (i.e., 'milked out') by the tubal fimbria during a 13-year period. Reproductive histories and operative findings were unremarkable when compared with the general population with ectopic gestation. The subsequent reproductive performance was evaluated in 27 patients who attempted conception. Twenty-five (92%) of the 27 patients subsequently conceived, 23 (85%) had at least one successful term pregnancy, and the remaining 2 (7%) had abortions only. There was no repeat ectopic pregnancy. Average folow-up time was 38.5 months. Previous experience with this technique has been disappointing with low postoperative rates of successful term pregnancies. Favorable outcomes after fimbrial expression have been reported only in small numbers of patients. It is suggested that the procedure is appropriate for distal tubal gestations that are loosely adherent within the tubal lumen; these are usually expressed with minimal efforts. However, if the gestational mass does not yield to gentle milking of the tube or evacuation has been incomplete, the surgeon can always use a linear salpingotomy. More experience is obviously needed to verify these preliminary results, suggesting that fimbrial evacuation is simple, safe, and advantageous in properly selected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-424
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987


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