Saline infusion sonohysterography - An effective tool for evaluation of the endometrial cavity in women with abnormal uterine bleeding

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We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of saline infusion sonohysterography (SISH) over transvaginal sonography (TVS) for the detection of intrauterine abnormalities using hysteroscopy as the gold standard in a retrospective study of 70 women mostly presenting with abnormal uterine bleeding. TVS was normal in 32 women, while in the others polyps or fibroids projecting into the cavity (n = 19) or a thick endometrium (n = 19) were suspected. On performing SISH the uterine cavity was found to be normal in 29 women, while 35 had suspected polyps/fibroids and 6 had other abnormalities. Hysteroscopy proved to be normal in 28 women, 35 had polyps/fibroids and 7 had other abnormalities. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for TVS were 72.4%, 100%, 100% and 74%, respectively, while for SISH the corresponding figures were 91.4%, 92.6%, 89.3% and 94.1%. SISH is a simple, minimally invasive and cost-effective investigative tool enhancing the diagnostic accuracy of TVS and can be an effective screening test prior to hysteroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-142
Number of pages3
JournalActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 16 2010



  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Saline infusion sonohysterography
  • Transvaginal sonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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