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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-103

Successful myomectomy in early pregnancy for a large asymptomatic uterine myoma

Department of OBGY, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication5-Jul-2018

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Juhul Patel
Department of OBGY, Apollo Hospital, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/am.am_21_18

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The decision of myomectomy is not usually taken by OBG specialist for uterine fibroids during pregnancy because of its complications which become life threatening at times. This is why it is generally delayed until after delivery. The current case was a large, asymptomatic subserous uterine myoma of 17 cm diagnosed during pregnancy by ultrasound and successfully managed by antepartum myomectomy retaining the fetus alive in utero at 13–14 weeks' gestation. This case demonstrates that myomectomy during pregnancy in special circumstances in selected cases to prevent forthcoming events adversely affecting mother and fetus can be considered.

Keywords: Myomectomy, pregnancy, uterine myoma

How to cite this article:
Patel J, Manohar S. Successful myomectomy in early pregnancy for a large asymptomatic uterine myoma. Apollo Med 2018;15:102-3

How to cite this URL:
Patel J, Manohar S. Successful myomectomy in early pregnancy for a large asymptomatic uterine myoma. Apollo Med [serial online] 2018 [cited 2023 Jan 27];15:102-3. Available from: https://apollomedicine.org/text.asp?2018/15/2/102/235992

  Introduction Top

The prevalence of uterine myomas during pregnancy is estimated to be 0.3%–2.6%, of which 10% result in pregnancy complications.[1] Although leiomyomas are usually asymptomatic during pregnancy, they may complicate its course. The complications include first trimester losses, pressure symptoms caused by the myoma on the mother and fetus, pain of “red degeneration,” premature labor, premature rupture of membranes, malpresentation, retained placenta, postpartum hemorrhage, and uterine torsion.[2] The size, location, number of fibroids, and their relation to the placenta are critical factors. Ultrasound scanning plays a central role in diagnosing and monitoring fibroids during pregnancy and in determining the relative position of the fibroids to the placenta. The management of leiomyoma during pregnancy is medical, but in rare circumstances, surgical intervention and myomectomy may be required.[3]

  Case Report Top

A 33-year-old primigravida presented to our hospital at period of gestation of 14 weeks 1 day for routine antenatal examination. On examination, her height of uterus was found to be 30–32-week gestational size. On vaginal examination, we could feel the uterus separately of about 12–14-week gestational size; beside this, a huge mass of about 17 cm diameter filling whole abdomen was felt separately. Ultrasonography showed an intrauterine viable fetus of 13-week 2-day gestation with a large well-defined hypoechoic abdominopelvic mass measuring 17 cm × 10 cm with minimum vascularity seen which was extending from the left adnexa to the left side of abdominal cavity up to the left hypochondrium. The patient was counseled regarding all possible outcomes of pregnancy along with this mass, and she agreed to undergo exploratory laparotomy. On laparotomy, a huge subserosal left false broad ligament fibroid arising from left lateral surface of size 20 cm × 15 cm was found and removed [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. Following leiomyoma removal, hemostasis was carefully achieved. Fetal monitoring by ultrasonography was carried out immediately after surgery and the fetus was found viable. Postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was given tocolysis for 3 days with uterine relaxants and micronized progesterone was continued for 4 weeks. The patient was discharged on 3rd postoperative day and followed up using ultrasonography 4th weekly. The patient delivered vaginally at term without any complications.
Figure 1: Intraoperative picture showing gravid uterus with large broad ligament myoma (arrow)

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Figure 2: The large 2.5 kg fibroid

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  Discussion Top

Controversy persists among reports of myomectomy being performed during pregnancy. The management of uterine leiomyoma during pregnancy is largely expectant, and its surgical removal is generally delayed until after delivery.[3] Mortality and morbidity are slightly higher in myomectomy in the gravid uterus as compared to nongravid uterus.[2] There is increased vascularity of the gravid uterus; thus, myomectomy performed in pregnancy has been reported to be associated with greater risk of hemorrhage and the need for blood transfusion. Additional to the general risks of myomectomy is the risk of abortion which occurs in 18%–35% of cases. An incomplete abortion may also result in severe endometritis, especially if a communication channel to the recently enucleated fibroid bed is present.[2]

In our case, 33-year-old female presented to us for her antenatal examination at 13 weeks 2 days and was diagnosed with large abdominopelvic mass on ultrasonography. Although our patient was asymptomatic, we could not categorically rule out ovarian origin of the mass. After explaining the risks associated with such a large mass, the patient gave consent for exploratory laparotomy and myomectomy was done. The subserosal location made it easier to remove the fibroid, and hypercoagulability of pregnancy contributed to the ease in achieving hemostasis which further contributed to safety of the procedure.

A reported myomectomy during early pregnancy was in women from Latin America [4] presented with progressively worsening lower abdominal pain, needed laparotomy at 15 weeks' gestation; a pedunculated myoma showing degenerative changes in the fundus of the uterus was excised successfully and the pregnancy progressed normally. However, in patients like our own, a timely and well-planned myomectomy can be an option offered to the patient, avoiding morbidity and mortality associated with emergency procedures.

  Conclusion Top

In conclusion, the decision to perform a myomectomy during pregnancy should be based on the fibroid size, location, and its rapid growth to prevent various possible forthcoming adverse events. Therefore, a carefully planned myomectomy in huge myomas in selected cases is an appropriate low morbidity option which can be offered to the patient.

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  References Top

Cooper NP, Okolo S. Fibroids in pregnancy – Common but poorly understood. Obstet Gynecol Surv 2005;60:132-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
Phelan JP. Myomas and pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am 1995;22:801-5.  Back to cited text no. 2
Suwandinata FS, Gruessner SE, Omwandho CO, Tinneberg HR. Pregnancy-preserving myomectomy: Preliminary report on a new surgical technique. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2008;13:323-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
Bonito M, Gulemì L, Basili R, Roselli D. Myomectomy during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol 2007;34:149-50.  Back to cited text no. 4


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