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Radiologia 2004;46:167-74 - DOI: 10.1016/S0033-8338(04)77956-4
Utilidad de la ecografía transvaginal en patología no ginecológica
Usefulness of Transvaginal Ultrasonography in Non-Gynecological Pathology
M. Dolores Serrano, Tomás Ripollés, , M. Jesús Martínez-Pérez, Sara D. Picó
Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico. Hospital Universitario Dr. Peset. Valencia. España.
Recibido 16 junio 2003, Aceptado 03 diciembre 2003

To describe the spectrum of non-gynecological applications of transvaginal ultrasonography (TV-US), comparing its diagnostic usefulness with that of other imaging techniques.

Materials and Methods

Fifty patients with peritoneal and/or pelvic pathology were evaluated by means of TV-US: cancer of rectum (n = 11) or sigmoid colon (n = 10); sigmoid diverticulitis (n = 11); pelvic appendicitis (n = 3); enteric cysts (n = 2); peritoneal implants (n = 5); Crohn’s disease (n = 3); ureteral lithiasis (n = 3) and bladder neoplasia (n = 2). These findings are compared with those obtained by means of abdominal ultrasonography.


TV-US is useful in: a) evaluating rectal stenoses and sigmoid neoplasias which are inaccessible to transrectal probe, thus rendering presurgical staging similar to that afforded by CT; b) differentiating between sigmoid stenoses whose origins are either neoplasic or inflammatory (diverticulitis), all of which could not be clarified using ultrasonography ( transabdominal and/or transrectal) and/or CT; c) evaluating rectal and/or perianal complications of Crohn’s disease; d) diagnosing pelvic appendicitis and/or diverticulitis, in association with abdominal ultrasound; e) characterizing malignant peritoneal implants; f) detecting lithiasis and/or tumors in the bladder and distal ureter


TV-US is a technique which could be used in complement to transabdominal or transrectal ultrasound in the evaluation of non-gynecological pathology, especially of the lower intestinal tract, distal ureter, bladder and peritoneal cavity. Its use is recommended in the case of inconclusive diagnoses, as well as for examining the pelvic and lower part of the peritoneum.

Palabras clave
Ecografía transvaginal, Ultrasonidos, Órgano pélvico, Cáncer de recto
Key words
Transvaginal Ultrasonography, Ultrasound Scans, Pelvic Organ, Rectal Cancer
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TOMÁS RIPOLLÉS. Servicio de Radiodiagnóstico. Hospital Universitario Dr. Peset. Avda. Gaspar Aguilar, 90. 46017 Valencia. España. (Tomás Ripollés ripolles_tom@gva.es)
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