Intracavitary ethanol ablation for the management of uterine hemorrhage refractory to uterine artery embolization


      • Refractory uterine hemorrhage was treated by intracavitary ethanol injection.
      • Uterine bleeding was not controlled by two coil-based embolizations.
      • Intratumoral ethanol injection has proven effective, intracavitary seems feasible.


      A 57-year-old postmenopausal woman with end-stage liver disease secondary to alcoholic cirrhosis, esophageal varices, severe alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and metrorrhagia causing persistent anemia despite multiple transfusions presented with heavy vaginal bleeding. The patient underwent two uterine artery embolizations with proximal coils instead of directed particles due to difficult anatomy but the bleeding continued despite these interventions. Since she was a poor surgical candidate for hysterectomy, the decision was made to attempt achievement of hemostasis via ethanol injection into the uterine cavity. The patient's bleeding ceased, her hemoglobin and hematocrit stabilized post-procedure, and she was discharged home in stable condition.


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