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A hydrosalpinx is a blocked fallopian tube that is filled with fluid. The tube can be dilated to varying degrees due to the accumulated fluid. Doctors/gynecologists can diagnose a hydrosalpinx in several ways including ultrasound, surgery such as laparoscopy, or with a specialized x-ray test called a hysterosalpingogram (HSG). The tubal blockage and tubal infertility is usually a result of previous pelvic infection such as pelvic inflammatory disease, but also can be caused by endometriosis, injury and other conditions. Women who are affected with bilateral (both sides) tubal damage and hydrosalpinx are infertile and will need either tubal surgery, such as neosalpingostomy, or in vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to get pregnant. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any unusual/abnormal/new symptoms immediately.
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