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