Background: The extrauterine migration of an intrauterine device (IUD) can be life threatening and require emergent surgical intervention and treatment. Migration is usually the result of IUD expulsion or uterine perforation. Objective: This case report describes a presentation of extrauterine migration of an IUD due to probable perforation. Case Report: This is a case report of an uncommon but potentially dangerous outcome of IUD placement and use. The potential migration of an IUD and resultant uterine perforation must be considered in the differential diagnosis of any woman using this type of contraception who presents with abdominal pain. This report is unique due to the subtle presentation of a potentially life-threatening diagnosis. Conclusion: This article presents the case, discusses the incidence, potential causes, predisposing factors, diagnostic modalities, and the course of treatment for this particular diagnosis.
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Published online: May 31, 2010
Accepted: April 13, 2010
Received in revised form: January 24, 2010
Received: November 21, 2009
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