Asherman's syndrome figures (FOI)
Asherman's syndrome figures (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 22 November 2022.
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I would like to know the percentage of patients who go on to develop “Asherman’s syndrome” following a dilation and curettage procedure under the gynaecology department at Jersey General Hospital?
I would also like to know the percentage incidents between consultants undertaking the procedure and the identification of Asherman’s Syndrome following the procedure compared to non-consultant led procedures.
Asherman’s Syndrome is a rare uterine condition. Scar tissue (adhesions) forms inside the uterus. Whilst there is an association between surgery and the development of intra-uterine adhesions, infections or inflammation unrelated to any surgery may also be a cause for scar tissue in the uterus. Exact statistics on the prevalence of this condition globally are not known.
Fewer than five cases of Asherman’s Syndrome have been identified by Health and Community Services in the past decade. As the number is small, the exact figure cannot be disclosed and Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has been applied to protect the privacy of individuals.
As this condition has such a rare occurrence, Health and Community Services do not keep a database on the incidence of Asherman’s Syndrome. Consequently, it is not possible to provide the percentage incidence of this condition occurring following dilation and curettage procedures performed at Jersey General Hospital broken down by consultant versus non-consultant grade surgeons, and Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.
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