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CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 765–773

First Online: 21 September 2010Received: 05 May 2010Accepted: 20 August 2010


PurposeTo assess current uterine fibroid embolisation UFE practice in European countries and determine the clinical environment for UFE in different hospitals.

Material and MethodsIn May 2009, an invitation for an online survey was sent by e-mail to all members of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiologic Society of Europe, representing a total number of 1,250 different candidate European treatment centres. The survey covered 21 questions concerning local UFE practice.

ResultsA total of 282 respondents completed the questionnaire. Fifteen questionnaires were excluded because they were doubles from centres that had already returned a questionnaire. The response rate was 267 of 1,250 centres 21.4%. Ninety-four respondents 33% did not perform UFE and were excluded, and six centres were excluded because demographic data were missing. The remaining 167 respondents from different UFE centres were included in the study. Twenty-six percent of the respondents were from the United Kingdom n = 43; 16% were from Germany n = 27; 11% were from France n = 18; and the remaining 47% n = 79 were from other European countries. Most centres 48%, n = 80 had 5 to 10 years experience with UFE and performed 10 to 50 procedures annually 53% n = 88 of respondents. Additional demographic data, as well as specific data on referral of patients, UFE techniques used, and periprocedural and postprocedural, care will be provided.

ConclusionAlthough UFE as an alternative treatment for hysterectomy or myomectomy is widespread in Europe, its impact on the management of the patient with symptomatic fibroids seems, according to the overall numbers of UFE procedures, somewhat disappointing. Multiple factors might be responsible for this observation.

KeywordsUterine fibroids Uterine fibroid embolisation Survey  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Marianne J. Voogt - Mark J. Arntz - Paul N. M. Lohle - Willem P. Th. M. Mali - Leo E. H. Lampmann

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