A case of endometrial cancer following endometrial ablation for dysfunctional uterine bleeding

Obstet Gynecol. 1993 Oct;82(4 Pt 2 Suppl):640-2.


Background: A concern voiced by critics of endometrial ablation is the possibility that cryptic endometrial adenocarcinoma may develop after such ablation. To date, this concern has been theoretical.

Case: A patient presented with vaginal bleeding and was diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma 5 years after ablation of the superficial endometrium.

Conclusion: The possibility exists for endometrial carcinoma to develop years after endometrial ablation. Careful patient selection, thorough evaluation of any post-procedure bleeding, careful postoperative surveillance, and continued evaluation of the procedure and its long-term efficacy are indicated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / etiology*
  • Catheter Ablation / adverse effects*
  • Endometrial Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Uterine Hemorrhage / surgery*