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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY   December 2003 , Volume 1 , Number 3-4; Page(s) 151 To 156.


Author(s):  MALEK R.*, PADIDAR A.
* Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions, 455 O’Connor Drive, Suite 390,San Jose, CA, 95128

Uterine fibroids are commonly asymptomatic. They often cause pelvic pain, abnormal and increased vaginal bleeding, etc. Traditional treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids was trans-abdominal hysterectomy. Nowadays, uterine artery embolization (UAE), also called uterine fibroid embolization, is considered as a safe and highly-effective nonsurgical treatment for women with symptomatic uterine fibroid tumors. Advantages of UAE over conventional hormonal suppression and surgical procedures include avoidance of the side effects of drug therapy and surgery-related physical and psychological trauma. These patients commonly resume their normal activities within a week after the procedure; weeks earlier than that for trans-abdominal hysterectomy. Over the past 30 years, interventional radiologists have done UAE for treatment of emergency uterine bleeding. Since 1995, interventional radiologists have turned their attention to treatment of uterine fibroids with a similar procedure. The first fibroid embolization in Iran was done approximately three years ago. So far, more than 100 cases have been treated by this method and it is going to be quickly accepted as a safe alternate for surgery.

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