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Hemoperitoneum presenting with the use of a topical hemostatic agent in oocyte retrieval: a case report

DOI: 10.1186/1752-1947-6-395

Keywords: Oocyte retrieval , hemoperitoneum , TachoSil

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Introduction Hemoperitoneum may occur from an ovarian puncture point after oocyte retrieval. Case presentation We report a case of massive hemoperitoneum following transvaginal ultrasound-guided oocyte retrieval in a 33-year-old Caucasian woman. The bleeding required emergency laparoscopy because of active bleeding from the ovarian puncture point. Hemostasis was very difficult to achieve, and traditional operative procedures were not efficient. The only way to stop the bleeding was by using an absorbable fibrinogen and thrombin sealant sponge, which was applied around the ovary. During laparoscopy three pints of packed red blood were administered. No specific alteration of screening coagulation tests was found one month later. Conclusions Hemostasis can be very difficult to achieve with traditional operative procedures. Topical hemostatic agents can be useful to preserve the ovary wherever possible.


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