Disseminated peritoneal leiomyomatosis following hysteroscopic leiomyoma morcellation

Andrea Benton, Shelly Sood, Stephen Wagner, Jordan Newell, Gerald Harkins

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Background: Contained morcellation of leiomyomas within the peritoneal cavity has been a focus of intense research and product development. Hysteroscopic surgery has not had the same focus, secondary to a lack of reports of intraperitoneal dissemination resulting in clinically relevant pathology. Case: A 43-year-old female presented for hysterectomy secondary to symptomatic uterine fibroids. Her history was notable for an initial diagnostic laparoscopy with no pelvic abnormalities noted. This was followed by a hysteroscopic mechanical morcellation of a leiomyoma. At the time of her hysterectomy, she was noted to have disseminated peritoneal leiomyomatosis. Results: Pathology from the patient's resection of peritoneal implants showed diffuse peritoneal leiomyomatosis. Conclusions: Hysteroscopic mechanical morcellation of symptomatic fibroids can cause intraperitoneal spillage of intrauterine contents, which could result in intra-abdominal pathology. Further research is needed on this topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-321
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Gynecologic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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