Lysis of periadnexal adhesions for correction of infertility

R. A. Bronson, E. E. Wallach

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A series of patients is presented in whom lysis of periadnexal adhesions was carried out for correction of infertility. These 35 couples had been infertile for at least 1 yr prior to surgery. Seventy seven per cent had been trying to conceive for more than 18 mth. Following diagnostic evaluation, periadnexal adhesions were found to be the sole cause of infertility in 83% of cases. Subsequent to surgery, 63% of the patients conceived, 82% within 18 mth, and 57% gave birth to at least 1 viable child. There can be no doubt that periadnexal adhesions represent true pathology. Although often seemingly insignificant in character, at the macroscopic level, they appear to play a major role at the microscopic level in impairing ovum pickup by the fallopian tube. Gynecologists should recognize the importance of these structures as mediators of a condition of relative sterility. Thus, despite the demonstration of tubal patency, the function of the rather delicate fimbria may be compromised by periadnexal adhesions, conglutinations, and hydatids so that only a fraction of those eggs that leave the ovary at ovulation reach the interior of the fallopian tube.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-619
Number of pages7
JournalFertility and sterility
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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