Transcervical Fallopian tube occlusion device: Essure

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Incidental finding on CT for abdominal pain. PH of permanent contraceptive device insertion.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

Linear metallic devices in the Fallopian tubes bilaterally.  They are best characterized on wide (bone) window settings

Case Discussion

The Essure Fallopian tube device has a typical appearance with bulbous metallic ends and should not be confused with other medical devices or foreign bodies.  They sit in each tube at their junction with the uterine body. Radiologists do not usually insert the devices but hysterosalpingograms are recommended at 3 months after insertion in order to confirm tube occlusion.  Until this has been done, alterative contraception should be used.

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Case information

rID: 42014
Published: 31st Dec 2015
Last edited: 2nd Jan 2016
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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