Clinical Trends for June 2017

Ryan Syrek

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June 30, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (June 3-9): Morcellation

The death of a key figure in a major medical debate prompted an increase in this week's top search term. Amy Reed, MD, PhD, died at age 44 years from uterine cancer. She was an anesthesiologist who called into question the safety of power morcellation. Morcellation shreds uterine tissue for laparoscopic removal. When Dr Reed underwent the procedure, an undiagnosed uterine leiomyosarcoma inside her abdomen was dispersed and upstaged. Dr Reed and her husband, Hooman Noorchashm, MD, PhD, campaigned to ban the use of morcellation devices during gynecologic procedures. In response, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a boxed warning to the label of power morcellators, which stated they should not be used in most women who undergo hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids. Since 2013, the use of these devices has sharply declined. Reed's death from uterine cancer has once more resurfaced her fight against the potentially harmful effects of morcellation, increasing the popularity for this key search term.

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