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Indomethacin for the treatment of symptomatic leiomyoma uteri during pregnancy

, : Indomethacin for the treatment of symptomatic leiomyoma uteri during pregnancy. American Journal of Perinatology 9(3): 185-189

Pain secondary to carneous degeneration is the most common complication of leiomyoma uteri during pregnancy. Conventional therapy utilizing bed rest and parenteral narcotic analgesics may often be ineffective. We retrospectively reviewed seven cases of degenerating fibroids complicating pregnancy where the prostaglandin synthetase inhibitor, indomethacin (25 mg orally every 6 hours), was used to treat symptoms of pain. In all cases, relief of symptoms was achieved within 48 hours of initiation of therapy. Two patients required a second course of therapy, and one patient required a third course. Mean duration of therapy was 12 days. One fetus developed transient constriction of the ductus arteriosus and transient oligohydramnios. Two pregnancies aborted, one at 22.9 and one at 22.3 weeks; however, no perinatal complications were directly attributable to indomethacin. The five term deliveries were of healthy normal infants. These retrospective data suggest that indomethacin may be effective in the treatment of pain associated with degenerating uterine leiomyomas in pregnancy.


PMID: 1374254

DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-999317

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