Intrauterine device fragmentation

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 21 Apr 2023

Intrauterine device fragmentation is a rare complication that can be encountered with an intrauterine device. It is usually broken and fragmented during expulsion or removal, including embedded retrieval strings.

Radiographic features

Ultrasound

If it occurs during removal, the fragment may be a smaller than expected residual fragment on a post removal scan.

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