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Axillary migration of an Implanon® contraceptive rod: case report

Authors Berhe Y, Hagos G, Wall L

Received 28 March 2014

Accepted for publication 8 May 2014

Published 11 August 2014 Volume 2014:5 Pages 49—51

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OAJC.S65016

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Yibrah Berhe,1 Girmay Hagos,2 L Lewis Wall1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2Department of Surgery, Ayder Referral Hospital, College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Abstract: Implanon®, a single-rod subdermal etonogestrel contraceptive implant, is usually found immediately adjacent to its insertion site. Although Implanon has been known to migrate, movement of the device is usually less than 2 cm from the site of insertion, and more distant migration has rarely been described. We report a patient whose Implanon was found near her left axilla over 12 cm proximal to the insertion scar. It was successfully removed without complications.

Keywords: Implanon, device migration, contraceptive complications

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