Less extensive surgery compared to extensive surgery: survival seems similar in young women with adult ovarian granulosa cell tumor

Finn F Lauszus*, Astrid Christine Petersen, Gudrun Neumann, Line Hartvig Cleemann, Anni Rosgaard, Annemette Jørgensen, Mai Vandborg, Anders Jakobsen

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Objective To describe the outcome of adult granulosa cell tumor (AGCT) with respect to initial clinical findings, methods of surgery, and perioperative treatment. Study design Retrospective follow-up study. Setting: All hospitals in Jutland. Sample: 163 women diagnosed with AGCT. Methods: Follow-up by hospital data files, general practitioner, death certificate, and autopsy report. Revision of histopathology by a single pathologist. Main outcome measures: Survival and relapse by clinical data, stage, and type of surgery. Results The incidence of AGCT was 1.37 per year per 100,000 women (95% CI: 1.08, 1.68). The median follow-up time was 15 years and for the 79 surviving women 22 years. Stage I was found in 94% of cases. Relapse occurred in 24% of women in stage I and 100% of the other stages. Survival in stage I was 95%, 89% and 84% after 5, 10 and 20 years respectively. Increased survival of stage I in postmenopausal women was associated with surgery including hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy (p < 0.001). In women younger than 40 years no difference in survival was found due to type of surgery. Endometrial carcinoma was found 138 times (95% CI: 48, 275) more prevalent than the expected rate. Conclusion The survival of women was better in AGCT than in epithelial ovarian tumor. Age and type of surgery, besides stage, influenced survival. Total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy is the recommended treatment with advancing age. At younger age less extensive surgery was associated with similar survival compared to extensive surgery, but with advancing age conservative surgery increased the risk of relapse and death.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Pages (from-to)61-66
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • Endometrial carcinoma
  • Granulosa cell tumor
  • Incidence
  • Retrospective
  • Surgery
  • Survival

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