What is the role of hysteroscopy in the workup of menorrhagia?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Julia A Shaw, MD, MBA, FACOG; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Because routine EMB and conventional imaging studies may miss small or laterally displaced lesions, superior methods of assessment must be used in high-risk patients. In addition, performing an in-office biopsy or imaging studies may be limited by patient problems such as obesity or cervical stenosis.

Hysteroscopy

This can be done in the office but may require anesthesia if the patient has a low pain tolerance or adequate visualization is not obtainable.

This technique is used to directly visualize the endometrial cavity by close contact. A biopsy sample should be taken, regardless of the endometrial appearance. The histologic diagnosis is missed in less than 2% of patients who undergo hysteroscopy with directed biopsy. [27]


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