Cesarean Myomectomy: Necessity or Opportunity?
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Fibroids in pregnancy are increasingly common, due to advanced maternal age, better diagnostic tools and use of assisted reproductive techniques. Cesarean section (CS) is the commonest mode of delivery in these patients. Cesarean myomectomy (CM) is the term used to describe the removal of fibroids at CS; it has always been a controversial topic, with two schools of thought. Some obstetricians advise against it due to the traditional fear of massive obstetric hemorrhage and its attendant complications. However, recent literature advocates elective or opportunistic myomectomy in well-selected cases during CS. This is especially valuable in low-resource settings where the patient may be spared a repeat surgery and problems of anesthesia and cost associated with it. This review examines the recent published data on CM, its indications, technique, safety and applicability in modern obstetrics.
KeywordsFibroids Pregnancy Cesarean myomectomy
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Dr Anahita Chauhan declares that she has no conflict of interest.
All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Institutional Ethics Committee and with the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki, as revised in 2008 (5).
Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.
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