Transvaginal evisceration after hysterectomy: Is vaginal cuff closure associated with a reduced risk?

Pierandrea D. Iaco, Marcello Ceccaroni, Carlo Alboni, Brunilde Roset, Maddalena Sansovini, Luigi D'Alessandro, Elettra Pignotti, Domenico D. Aloysio

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Objective: To evaluate the overall incidence of transvaginal evisceration following hysterectomy and to assess the risk associated with indication, route of surgery, age and vaginal cuff closure technique. Materials and methods: A database was used to identify all patients undergoing hysterectomy from 1995 to 2001 at our institution and all the patients admitted for vaginal evisceration during the same period. Each vaginal evisceration was analyzed for time of onset, trigger event, presenting symptoms, details of prolapsed organs and type of repair surgery. Results: Of the 3593 patients enrolled in the study, 63.5% underwent abdominal hysterectomy, 33.0% vaginal hysterectomy, and 3.5% laparoscopic hysterectomy. Ten patients (0.28%) presented to the emergency room with vaginal evisceration. No statistical differences in evisceration rates were seen according to the route of surgery. No differences were found between the 1440 patients who had closure of the vaginal cuff and the 2153 who had an unclosed cuff closure technique. Conclusions: Our data suggest that, in young patients, sexual intercourse is to be considered the main trigger event before the complete healing of the vaginal cuff while, in elderly patients, the evisceration is a spontaneous event. Uterine prolapse was not associated with a higher rate and the route of surgery or vaginal cuff closure technique did not influence the dehiscence rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-138
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2006


  • Closure
  • Hysterectomy
  • Surgery
  • Vaginal cuff
  • Vaginal evisceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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