Morcellators can spread uterine cancer but shouldn't be banned

November 25, 2014 4:01 AM

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Morcellators can spread uterine cancer but shouldn't be banned

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday recommended tougher warning labels on electric morcellators used in gynecologic surgery, but opted not to ban the devices as critics have urged.

Power morcellators, introduced in 1993, have motorized blades that can dissect the uterus or uterine fibroids so the tissue can be removed through tiny abdominal incisions. But in some cases - the FDA estimates 1 in 350 - the device disseminates an undiagnosed cancer that pre-operative screening tes...

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