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Ambulatory hysteroscopy and its role in the management of abnormal uterine bleeding
  1. Natalie A M Cooper1,
  2. Lynne L L Robinson2,
  3. T Justin Clark3
  1. 1Academic Clinical Lecturer, Women's Health Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London, Blizard Institute, London, UK
  2. 2Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Birmingham Women's Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Birmingham Women's Hospital and Honorary Professor, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor T Justin Clark, Birmingham Women's Hospital and Honorary Professor, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TG, UK; justin.clark{at}bwhct.nhs.uk

Abstract

Hysteroscopy is now an ambulatory procedure, having moved from a conventional day-case operating theatre environment to the outpatient clinic setting. Outpatient hysteroscopy can be used as a diagnostic test and as a therapeutic modality for women presenting with abnormal uterine bleeding. In many cases women can be diagnosed and treated efficiently during a single hospital appointment. This article reviews the development of ambulatory hysteroscopy and how it should optimally be performed and implemented. The contemporary role of this technology for investigating and treating women with abnormal uterine bleeding is then discussed.

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