Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 143–145 | Cite as

Bilateral ovarian abscesses following transvaginal oocyte retrieval for IVF: a case report and review of literature

  • Ehab Kelada
  • Rauf Ghani
Case Report


Ultrasound-guided transvaginal oocyte retrieval (TVOR) is a relatively simple and atraumatic method with rare complications as well as the possibility of doing it under sedation. It has become the method of choice in most IVF centres, because it results in excellent oocyte yields, with increased speed and excellent follicle and major pelvic vessel visualization, thereby decreasing the probability of vessel puncture [1]. However, the technique is not without risk such as pelvic infection, bleeding secondary a blood vessel puncture or pelvic visceral trauma. Consumption coagulopathy is a serious complication of pelvic infection and sepsis which can be life threatening if not diagnosed and corrected early, especially if surgical intervention is required. We present a case of bilateral ovarian abscesses following transvaginal oocyte retrieval showing early signs of consumption coagulopathy.


Infertility IVF Assisted reproduction Oocyte retrieval Ovarian abscess 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics & GynaecologyRoyal Lancaster InfirmaryLancasterUK

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