External iliac artery injury during insertion of tension-free vaginal tape: A case report and literature review

Kanapathippilai Sivanesan, Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Rauf Ghani

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Although rare, serious vascular injuries after tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) insertion have been well known. We present a case of external iliac artery injury after TVT insertion, managed successfully by surgical intervention. This article also reviews the literature regarding major vascular injuries and their management. We conclude that clinicians should be able to suspect rare but serious vascular injuries, and patients have to be fully counselled regarding their potential consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105-1108
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number9
Early online date13 Jan 2007
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007



  • aged, 80 and over
  • female
  • gynecologic surgical procedures
  • humans
  • iliac artery
  • suburethral slings
  • urinary incontinence, stress
  • tension-free vaginal tape (TVT)
  • vascular injury
  • external iliac artery injury
  • laparotomy
  • urinary stress incontinence

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