An appraisal of the appropriateness of the indications for hysterectomy
Authors: Al-Nuaim, Lulu A.; Esset, J.; Banu, Fahmida; Chowdhury, Noori
Source: Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Volume 17, Number 5, 1 September 1997 , pp. 461-464(4)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Over a five-year period, 197 hysterectomies were performed at King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH). Indications for the procedures vary from menstrual disorders and symptomatic fibroids to ovarian malignancy. The most common indication was found to be menorrhagia. Among multiple pre-operative indications, only the first listed major indication for hysterectomy was chosen. There were 145 abdominal and 52 vaginal hysterectomies and all were elective gynaecological procedures, majority of which were performed on women in their fourth and fifth decades of life. Verification of pre-operative diagnosis, when correlated with pathological findings, showed that some of the indications for the procedure deserve a more critical reappraisal. Since hysterectomy carries substantial economic and medical consequences, indications for undertaking the procedure deserve more careful scrutiny given the surgical and nonsurgical options that are currently available. There may be a need, therefore, to assess the appropriateness or otherwise of the use of hysterectomy in many of the patients in future.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 1997