December 2, 1993 |
A revolutionary new sterilization method is being used on tens of thousands of poor women in developing countries worldwide. But the irreversible procedure - placing a chemical irritant in the uterus - is raising fears among health experts who question its safety and its potential for social abuse. Many of those critics are gathering to discuss the method at a special meeting today in New York. The "quinacrine pellet" method, developed in the 1970s by a gynecologist in Chile, is simple to do and costs just pennies per application.
May 22, 2016 |
When Kelly Hidleburg's confounding case of anemia was traced to heavy bleeding due to uterine fibroids, she faced the same tough choice that confronts thousands of American women every year. She could have her uterus or just the fibroids surgically removed, or she could try one of several newer procedures aimed at shrinking the usually benign but troublesome tumors. At 46, she could try waiting a few years to see whether menopause, with its natural decline in hormones, would solve the problem.
May 15, 2016 |
A 49-year-old woman arrived at the Temple University Hospital emergency room complaining of difficulty breathing, light-headedness when walking, and worsening swelling in her legs. Her breathing was so labored that she had to be examined in a wheelchair. Her medical history included a prior stroke and a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) with pulmonary embolism (PE). Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in one or multiple veins deep in the body, most commonly in the legs.
September 12, 2013 |
When Sandra Cintron's mother heard how bad her daughter's fibroid symptoms were getting - bleeding that went on for weeks and debilitating pain - she thought she knew where things were heading. "You're going to need a hysterectomy," Maria Perales said. She had one herself when she was in her 30s. A lot has changed since then, though, and Cintron, of Northeast Philadelphia, was able to choose a less extreme treatment for the benign growths on her uterus. Last week, she had an embolization at Einstein Medical Center, a procedure that left her uterus intact but cut off the blood supply to the fibroids.
June 20, 1989 |
A surgical team testified yesterday that Joyce Lynch's uterus was removed with her consent in 1978, contradicting Lynch's earlier testimony that she thought she was pregnant during the slaying of a Hazlettville, Del., couple and the kidnapping of their 9-day-old son on Christmas Eve in 1987. Dr. Jae Park told jurors in Kent County Superior Court that he performed the hysterectomy. A nurse and a pathologist testified that they had personally handled and examined the uterus, fallopian tube and ovary that Park removed from Lynch.
May 31, 2010 |
The worst surgical case of my residency came when we delivered my patient's baby by cesarean - her ninth cesarean birth. The baby came out fine, but for the mother we suspected one of most feared complications in obstetrics - that her placenta had burrowed deep into the muscle of the uterus. To get oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, the placenta needs to attach just a few millimeters deep into the uterus. We worried that hers had gone much farther and might eat through the entire thickness of the uterus, keeping it from shrinking back to its normal size after delivery and causing a massive hemorrhage.
January 30, 1992 |
Pat Schwartz, 35, of Lower Makefield, suffered such severe menstrual cramps as a teenager that she had to be excused from her high school classes. Eleven years later, she learned that the cause of her chronic, debilitating pain was endometriosis, a puzzling and often misdiagnosed disease said to affect up to 15 percent of women during their child-bearing years, or an estimated 5 million women in the United States. To shed light on this mysterious ailment, the Bucks County Chapter of the Endometriosis Association - the Philadelphia-area chapter of a national support group - has organized a half-day conference on endometriosis on Feb. 29 at the Royce Hotel in Langhorne.
March 13, 1989 |
A pregnant 15-year-old girl was shot twice early yesterday by a man who chased her down the street, then fired through the door of a house after she ran inside for cover, police said. Police said Kimyda Fisher, who is eight months pregnant, was struck by one bullet that entered her hip and lodged just in front of the wall of the uterus. The other bullet struck both legs. The fetus was unharmed. The girl's doctor told police that the bullet was stopped by the wall of the uterus, and that the pregnancy likely prevented more serious injury.
May 24, 1987 |
Ten years ago, Genevieve Carminati, a writer now in her mid-30s, underwent an emergency hysterectomy. Six months after her surgery, she plunged into a depression. "I began to feel weepy for no real reason. I found myself getting upset even when my day had gone fine," she recalls. "As soon as I got home from work, I'd slam the door shut and cry. "I fought a lot of emotional battles. I'm one of 12 children; childbirth had always been a cause of celebration in my family. I had always equated femaleness with motherhood.
June 14, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - A miscarrying woman who died in an Irish hospital should have had her blood poisoning detected much sooner and been offered an abortion to improve her odds of survival, an experts' report concluded Thursday in a case that is forcing Ireland to modernize its abortion laws. The 108-page report into the October death of Savita Halappanavar documented what the lead investigator described as "a cascade of mistakes" overshadowed by officials' refusal to remove the fetus until its heart stopped beating.