Cover: Hysterectomy


A Review of the Literature on Indications, Effectiveness, and Risks

Published 1997

by Steven J. Bernstein, Mary Fiske, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Deidre S. Gifford


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This report is based on a review of the literature on indications for hysterectomy and complications from this procedure. The literature review summarizes information from 326 articles and books containing information on the natural history, epidemiology, and medical treatment of non-emergency and non-oncology conditions for which hysterectomy is one treatment option; the appropriateness and rate of use of hysterectomy; and the effectiveness, complications, and costs associated with hysterectomy.

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