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July 30, 1927


Author Affiliations

Rutherfordton, N. C.

JAMA. 1927;89(5):373. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92690050001013a

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Intra-uterine radium radiation is practically a specific for benign menopausal hemorrhage. A permanent sterility follows the usual exposures employed. The use of short exposures is not so well or generally understood and is feared because of possible sterilizing effects.

At the Rutherford Hospital between July 1, 1922. and Dec. 31, 1925, thirty-eight women in the child-bearing age received varying sized intra-uterine radium exposures all less than 1,000 millicurie hours each. One year following the last treatment, questionnaires were sent out and answers were received from twenty-five patients, or sufficient data were secured to make their records of value for this study. The accompanying table outlines the data received, which may be thus summarized:

The age range of these patients was from 17 to 42 years, with an average of 28 years. All were white but two. Nineteen were married. Seventeen complained of metrorrhagia, seven of menorrhagia, while three of

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