The Vabra aspirator versus the Pipelle device for outpatient endometrial sampling

Norzilawati M. Naim, Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy, Shuhaila Ahmad, Zainul Rashid Mohd. Razi

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the effectiveness of the Vabra aspirator and the Pipelle device as an outpatient endometrial assessment tool. Method: This was a randomised, prospective trial conducted for a period of one year. Results: A total of 147 patients were recruited, of which 71 were in the Vabra group and 76 were in the Pipelle arm. The procedure success rate in the Pipelle group was significantly higher than the Vabra arm (98.7 vs 88.7%, P=0.02). Adequate tissue yield was also significantly more in the Pipelle arm (73.3 vs 52.4%, P=0.02). Cost-benefit analysis revealed a higher average cost per patient in the Vabra group compared to the Pipelle arm. Conclusion: This study proved that the Vabra aspirator wasnot as effective as the Pipelle device in obtaining endometrial tissue for histological diagnosis. Despite its higher price per unit, the Pipelle device was a more cost-effective tool for outpatient endometrial assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-136
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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Keywords

  • Endometrial sampling
  • Office endometrial sampling
  • Pipelle device
  • Vabra aspirator

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  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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The Vabra aspirator versus the Pipelle device for outpatient endometrial sampling. / Naim, Norzilawati M.; Abdullah Mahdy, Zaleha; Ahmad, Shuhaila; Mohd. Razi, Zainul Rashid.

In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol. 47, No. 2, 04.2007, p. 132-136.

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