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NICE alert for treatment of adenomyosis

Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) for the treatment of adenomyosis

NICE has been notified about this procedure and will consider it as part of its work programme.

The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If you wish to be alerted to developments regarding this procedure, including the release of the consultation document, you will first need to log in and you can express an interest here


Adenomyosis is uterine thickening that occurs when the endometrium (tissue that normally lines the uterus) appear within the muscle of the uterus. In some patients adenomyosis may be present and cause no symptoms. When the condition persists, patients may present with symptoms which include heavy, prolonged menstrual bleeding with severe cramps, pelvic pain and discomfort because of uterine enlargement. Medical treatment may include anti-inflammatory medications or hormone suppression. For severe cases hysterectomy may be necessary. In patients who do not wish to have hysterectomy or those who wish to preserve fertility, uterine artery embolisation may be an alternative option. Uterine artery embolisation involves injecting small particles into the blood vessels that take blood to the uterus. The aim is to block the blood supply to the adenomyosis so that they shrink.

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Well spotted Helen, did you receive an alert about this ?


Yes I have alerts for all sorts of new medical research and imaging, hoping that there will be some magnificent breakthrough for pelvic pain sufferers.

Nearly everything gets deleted.

I think the biggest break through so far is about to happen with recognition of pelvic pain and with that the planned pathways within the NHS ;)


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