Complications after fertility-preserving radical trachelectomy

Giuseppe Del Priore, Laszlo Ungar, J. Richard Smith

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Objective: We report a case of cervical cancer treated by radical trachelectomy complicated by pelvic inflammatory disease, tubo-ovarian complex, and infertility. Design: Case report. Setting: Tertiary referral university hospital. Patient(s): A 35-year-old with stage IB1 cervical cancer underwent an uneventful radical vaginal trachelectomy. Three years later she presented with pelvic pain and fever after a new partner. Cervical chlamydia was positive, and sonography showed bilateral complex adnexal masses. Her symptoms resolved with prolonged IV, followed by oral, antibiotics. Temperature, cultures, and blood tests have all normalized but her sonogram demonstrates persistent bilateral hydrosalpinx. She has not conceived and underwent laparoscopic salpingectomy prior to IVF. She remains cancer free. Intervention(s): Radical vaginal trachelectomy, salpingectomy and assisted reproductive techniques. Main Outcome Measure(s): Cancer disease status and fertility preservation. Result(s): Three years later, the patient remains cancer free but has been unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy. Conclusion(s): Fertility-preserving cancer treatments are relatively new. Complications may be encountered that must be reported, collected, and analyzed to maximize cancer cure and fertility preservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227.e5-227.e8
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Cervix cancer
  • Infertility
  • Trachelectomy
  • Tubo-ovarian abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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