Submucous fibroids and infertility

Vasilios Tanos

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Submucous fibroids present one of the most challenging pathologies in reproductive surgery. Concomitant use of 2D/3D US and hysteroscopy provides the most efficient and fast information for the size, localization and penetrance of the submucous myoma in relation to the endometrial cavity and myometrium. MRI provides the highest accuracy and reproducibility concerning fibroids, however, due its cost is used only for difficult and complicated cases. Small fibroids upto 1.5 cm can be operated by mechanical hysteroscopy, however in larger ones bipolar resectoscopy is preferable. Preoperative GnRHa are indicated for myomas >4 cm for 1-2 months, in order to reduce myoma volume and ease surgery, treat menorrhagia, thin the endometrium and elevate Hb. New technological advances such as hysteroscopic morcelators and shavers with automatic chip aspiration seem to be efficient, safe and faster, however large and RCTs are not still available.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReproductive Surgery in Assisted Conception
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781447149538
ISBN (Print)9781447149521
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Hysteroscopic myomectomy
  • Imaging for submucous fibroids
  • Infertility and submucous myoma
  • Reproduction and myomectomy
  • Submucous myomas
  • Submucous myomas surgery

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    Tanos, V. (2015). Submucous fibroids and infertility. In Reproductive Surgery in Assisted Conception (pp. 97-103). Springer-Verlag London Ltd.