What is the fate of the missing intrauterine contraceptive device?

Ibitoye, Bolanle O.; Aremu, Ademola A.; Onuwaje, Mayomi A.; Ayoola, Oluwagbemiga O.
October 2009
Tropical Doctor;Oct2008, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p221
Academic Journal
journal article
An intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) is one of the most common forms of contraception in use worldwide today. It is associated with a myriad of problems and complications, one of which is the missing IUCD. It is a known fact that IUCDs can perforate the uterus resulting in its subsequent relocation in other organs within the pelvis and the abdomen. This study showed that more than 50% of clinically diagnosed cases of a missing IUCD are still located within the endometrial cavity. It is therefore being proposed that a clinical diagnosis of 'missing string' be made until adequate radiological investigations, such as ultrasonography, plain X-rays and computerized tomography, have been carried out.


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