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SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Blocked fallopian tubes. Coloured hysterosalpingogram (X-ray) of a woman with blocked fallopian tubes, a condition known as bilateral hydrosalpinx. The fallopian tubes lead off either side of the top of the uterus (centre, white). Both fallopian tubes show accumulation of fluid. Hydrosalpinx is the accumulation of fluid in, and dilation of, a damaged fallopian tube. The damage is a result of pelvic inflammation, most often caused by sexually transmitted diseases. Blocked fallopian tubes are a cause of infertility. Treatment is with surgical unblocking or removal of the tubes. A hysterosalpingogram is taken after the introduction of a radio opaque material to the uterus via a catheter (bottom centre) in the vagina.
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