Background: Transfemoral access is the traditional gold standard for uterine artery angiography; however, transradial access is gaining in popularity because of its decreased complication profile and patient preference. We present a case of a patient who underwent successful total abdominal hysterectomy for symptomatic uterine fibroids with ambiguous pelvic vasculature that would have been otherwise aborted if it were not for intraoperative transradial access angiography. Case presentation: A 52-year-old Caucasian woman presented to her gynecologist for an elective total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. During preoperative imaging, a 15-cm mass consistent with a uterine fibroid was identified, and the patient's gynecologist decided to treat her with surgical resection, given the fibroid's size. The procedure was halted upon discovery of a complicated vascular plexus at the fundus of the uterus, and an intraoperative vascular consult was requested. The vascular operator used a transradial access to perform pelvic angiography in real time to identify the complicated pelvic vasculature, which allowed the gynecologist to surgically resect the uterine fibroid. The patient was discharged on postoperative day 4 without any complications. Conclusions: Intraoperative imaging is a useful technique for the identification of complicated anatomical structures during surgical procedures. The successful outcome of this case demonstrates an additional unique benefit of transradial access and highlights an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration for management of complicated surgical interventions.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Transradial access
- Uterine artery embolization
- Uterine fibroid embolization
- Uterine fibroids