Increased fetal chromosome detection with the use of operative hysteroscopy during evacuation of products of conception for diagnosed miscarriage


Russell Institute for Research & Innovation at Advocate Health Systems


STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine whether incorporation of operative hysteroscopy with biopsy of products of conception, in conjunction with a suction curettage for a first trimester missed abortion, affected the rate of maternal cell contamination when chromosomal analysis was performed on the products of conception, and to determine the rates of retained products of conception with incorporation of hysteroscopy after suction curettage.

DESIGN: Retrospective chart study.

SETTING: Private, minimally invasive surgery and infertility practice with academic-community hospital affiliation.

PATIENTS: Infertility patients undergoing evacuation of products of conception for documented first trimester miscarriages between 2006 and 2017.

INTERVENTIONS: Suction curettage or hysteroscopic biopsy and suction curettage, followed by chromosomal analysis of products of conception for determination of fetal genetics.

MEASUREMENTS AND RESULTS: A total of 264 charts were analyzed. Patients were categorized into 2 groups based on surgical collection of products of conception: group 1 (N = 174), suction curettage only, and group 2 (N = 90), a single procedure consisting of operative hysteroscopy with biopsy of products of conception followed by suction curettage and then diagnostic hysteroscopy to look for retained products. Data for chromosome detection and retained products of conception were available for 246 and 239 patients, respectively. No significant differences were detected between the groups for age, body mass index, ethnicity, gravida, parity, primary infertility, secondary infertility, spontaneous conception, single or multiple gestation, and surgical complications. Fetal chromosome detection was significantly higher without maternal contamination in group 2 (88.5%) compared with group 1 (64.8%) (p < .001). There was no significant between-group difference in postoperative retained products of conception.

CONCLUSION: Obtaining fetal genetics can be useful when planning for a future successful pregnancy. The addition of operative hysteroscopy to biopsy the gestational sac, chorionic villi, and/or fetus significantly decreases the risk of maternal contamination and increases the ability to detect fetal chromosomes for genetic analysis without an increased risk of surgical complications. Despite the low risk of surgical complications, immediate second-look hysteroscopy after the completion of suction evacuation does not reduce the risk of postoperative retained products of conception.

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