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Could You Have Asherman Syndrome?

Posted May 16 2011 11:00am

Article-1281143-087BD169000005DC-26_468x311 Asherman syndrome is the formation of intrauterine adhesions, which typically result from scars that develop after uterine surgery.

Asherman syndrome is a rare condition. In most cases, it occurs in women who have had several dilatation and curettage (D&C) procedures.

A severe pelvic infection unrelated to surgery may also lead to Asherman syndrome.

Intrauterine adhesions can also form after infection with tuberculosis or schistosomiasis. These infections are rare in the United States, and uterine complications such as Asherman syndrome related to these infections are even less common.

The adhesions may cause amenorrhea (lack of menstrual periods), repeated miscarriages, and infertility.

However, such symptoms could be related to several conditions. They are more likely to indicate Asherman syndrome if they occur suddenly after a D&C or other uterine surgery.

A pelvic exam is usually normal.

Tests may include:

  • Blood tests to detect tuberculosis or schistosomiasis
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Infertility evaluation
  • Transvaginal ultrasound examination

Treatment involves surgery to cut and remove the adhesions or scar tissue. This can usually be done with hysteroscopy, which uses small instruments and a camera placed into the uterus through the cervix.

After scar tissue is removed, the uterine cavity must be kept open while it heals to prevent adhesions from returning. Your health care provider may place a small balloon inside the uterus for several days and prescribe estrogen replacement therapy while the uterine lining heals.

Antibiotic treatment may be necessary if there is an infection.

Asherman syndrome can be cured in most women with surgery, although sometimes more than one procedure will be necessary.

Women who are infertile because of Asherman syndrome may have a successful pregnancy after treatment. Successful pregnancy depends on the severity of Asherman syndrome and the difficulty of the treatment, as well as other factors that affect fertility and pregnancy.

This information is located on MedlinePlus

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