OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic value of endocervical curettage (ECC) after conisation in patients treated for adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) of the uterine cervix.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with AIS diagnosed between 1990 and 2010 and with a minimum of 1.5 years of follow-up were retrospectively identified using computerised clinical files.
RESULTS: The authors identified 195 patients (median age 32 years) with a median follow-up of 6.4 years. ECC was performed in 165 patients. In 144 (87%) the initial ECC was normal. In 129 no recurrence was observed during follow-up (90%). A positive ECC was observed in 21. Thirteen patients had hysterectomies; six hysterectomies were normal. Eight patients treated conservatively developed no recurrent disease. Two patients with a positive ECC did not have a hysterectomy and developed recurrent disease. In patients with affected margins, 17% developed recurrent disease.
CONCLUSION: ECC performed during initial conisation is a prognostic tool for the treatment ofAIS. Close follow-up is recommended in patients treated conservatively.
- Adenocarcinoma in Situ/surgery
- Middle Aged
- Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/surgery
- Endocervical curettage
- Adenocarcinoma in situ