February 5, 1997

Radiologists Learn Results of New Therapy Trials, Hear Latest Speculations on Cause of Old Disorder

JAMA. 1997;277(5):367-369. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540290019008

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RESEARCHERS AT THE 82nd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) presented the findings of early clinical trials of new therapeutic approaches that may improve the treatment of a wide spectrum of medical disorders.

Among the approaches were techniques to treat obstetrical hemorrhages, pneumonia, and a diagnostic procedure to prevent unnecessary appendectomies. Research reported at the meeting in Chicago, Ill, also shed new light on what may have caused the severe disfigurement that affected Victorian England's "Elephant Man."

Preserving Fertility  Surgical intervention has been the usual method of managing life-threatening hemorrhages during pregnancy, and often the intervention involves an emergency hysterectomy. An interventional radiological procedure reported at the RSNA meeting, however, may be able to control uterine bleeding without surgery while preserving the uterus and fertility.According to Agata Pasik, MD, assistant professor of radiology at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 17 women