The missing forgotten intrauterine contraceptive device

Arieh Gruber, David Rabinerson, Boris Kaplan, Joseph Pardo, Alexander Neri*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Failure to locate the strings of an intrauterine contraceptive device may mean that the device is within the uterine cavity, was expelled or, worst of all, has perforated the uterine wall. We describe a 36-year-old woman complaining of infertility in whom two missing devices were found within the pelvis after having perforated the uterus. This report demonstrates the need to investigate every case of a missing intrauterine contraceptive device. An algorithm for the proper management of such cases is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1996


  • IUD
  • location
  • management
  • perforation


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