Hysterosalpingography in the preoperative evaluation of tubal anastomosis candidates

T. R. Groff, J. A. Edelstein, R. S. Schenken

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The value of the hysterosalpingogram (HSG) in the investigation of women requesting reversal of tubal sterilization has never been established. Accordingly, we reviewed the preoperative HSGs performed on 54 women and the surgical findings of these and 27 additional patients who underwent laparoscopy and/or laparotomy for tubal anastomosis. The observation of interstitial, isthmic, and ampullary obstruction by HSG correctly correlated with surgical findings in 12%, 94%, and 69% of cases, respectively. The decision to perform an anastomosis was made in 14 of 17 (82.4%) tubes with interstitial obstruction, 45 of 51 (88.2%) tubes with isthmic occlusion, and 26 of 36 (72.2%) tubes with ampullary occlusion. When distal tubal occlusion was demonstrated by HSG (36/104 tubes, 34.6%), 10 had no repairable ampullary segments. The site of tubal occlusion on HSG was not predictive of a repairable tube. We conclude that the routine HSG is not warranted in the preoperative evaluation of candidates for tubal anastomosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-420
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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