Retrieval of an Intrauterine Device Embedded in an Ovary and the Small Intestine

Special Issue Article

Christopher M Tarney and Br


The Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) to include the copper T380A IUD and levonorgestrel intrauterine system are effective reversible contraceptives options for women. A well-known but infrequent complication of the IUD is uterine perforation. Most uterine perforations occur at the time of IUD insertion but can also occur spontaneously after placement. IUDs located within the abdomen have potential to cause significant morbidity for patients to include perforation into surrounding structures such as the omentum, mesentery, small intestine, colon, and ovaries. Surgical management should be pursued upon confirmation of uterine perforation prevent sequel. Most misplaced IUDs can be managed by laparoscopic retrieval; however, laparotomy may be required when there is extensive adhesive disease. We present a case of a 28-year-old female who required laparotomy to remove a copper T380A IUD embedded into the small intestine and ovary after perforating through the uterus. The intent of this case report is to illustrate the importance of proper technique when placing IUDs and the steps in retrieving an IUD which is suspected to have perforated the uterus.

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