Incidental detection of a transmigrated intrauterine device

Jeffrey M. Levsky, Mark Herskovits

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The intrauterine device (IUD) is among the most effective forms of birth control available, with important advantages over other methods of contraception. The most striking adverse event associated with IUD use is uterine perforation and migration of the device. Contrary to what one might assume, perforation is often silent and the wayward device is either detected after further sequellae or found incidentally by imaging. The radiologist should be aware of the natural course, presentations, diagnostic evaluation and treatment (if any) for this misplaced foreign body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-314
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • Intrauterine device
  • Rupture
  • Uterus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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