Vertebral osteomyelitis: A rare complication of transvaginal ultrasound- guided oocyte retrieval

Benjamin Almog, Eli Rimon, Israel Yovel, Amiram Bar-Am, Ami Amit, Foad Azem

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Objective: To present a case of vertebral osteomyelitis as a complication of transvaginal oocyte retrieval. Design: Case report. Setting: The IVF unit of a university-affiliated hospital. Patient(s): A 41-year-old woman who underwent IVF-ET treatment. Intervention(s): Standard IVF-ET treatment cycles with the use of transvaginal ultrasound for oocyte retrieval and computed tomography-guided needle aspiration. Main Outcome Measure(s): Recovery of the patient, sequelae, and recurrence. Result(s): Vertebral osteomyelitis was diagnosed and treated with antibiotics. Conclusion(s): When severe low back pain occurs after ovum retrieval, vertebral osteomyelitis should be considered. Early diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion. (C) 2000 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1252
Number of pages3
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications of transvaginal ultrasound-guided oocyte retrieval
  • IVF-ET complications
  • Vertebral osteomyelitis


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