Asherman’s syndrome is inflammation of the lining of the uterus
caused by scar tissue in the walls of the uterus. This is an uncommon condition
that can cause changes in the menstrual cycle and can lead to miscarriage or
The scar tissue that causes Asherman’s syndrome may form after
surgery on the uterus, such as dilation and curettage (D&C) or after an
infection of the uterus, such as tuberculosis or schistosomiasis. A woman with
this condition may have increased pain or cramping during her menstrual cycle.
Her menstrual flow may decrease, or her periods may stop completely.
Asherman’s syndrome is treated with surgery to remove the scar
tissue. Antibiotics may be needed if the scarring is caused by an
June 20, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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