Transvaginal ultrasound, endometrial cytology sampled by Gynoscann and histology obtained by Uterine Explora Curette compared to the histology of the uterine specimen. A prospective study in pre- and postmenopausal women undergoing elective hysterectomy

Jan Kufahl, Ivan Pedersen, Poul Sindberg Eriksen, Poul Erik Helkjær, Lise Grupe Larsen, Karen Linnert Jensen, Pia De Nully, Torben Philipsen, Anne Wåhlin

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    Background. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of transvaginal ultrasound measurement of endometrial thickness, cytology obtained by Gynoscann®, and histology of the endometrium sampled by Uterine Explora Curette® compared with histology of the uterine specimen as the gold standard. Methods. Consecutive patients admitted for hysterectomy had transvaginal ultrasound, sampling by Gynoscann®, and Uterine Explora Curette® done just before surgery, after informed consent. Results. A total of 181 women entered the study. Sixteen had endometrial cancer, seven had atypical hyperplasia and nine had complex hyperplasia. A total of 168 patients had a transvaginal ultrasound done. At a cutoff limit of 4 mm (endometrial thickness of 4 mm or less indicating normal endometrium), the sensitivity was 90.3%, the specificity 24.8%, the positive predictive value 21.4% and the negative predictive value 91.9%. One endometrial cancer, one atypical and one complex hyperplasia were missed. The Gynoscann® method showed a sensitivity of 62.5%, a specificity of 94.0%, a positive predictive value of 69.0% and a negative predictive value of 92.1%. Two cancers, three atypical, and six complex hyperplasia were missed. The Uterine Explora Curette® showed a sensitivity of 90.6%, a specificity of 100.0%, a positive predictive value of 100.0% and a negative predictive value of 98.0%. One endometrial cancer and two complex hyperplasia were missed. Conclusion. Transvaginal ultrasound is a reliable method in excluding endometrial pathology. The Uterine Explora Curette® was superior to Gynoscann® in diagnosing neoplasia of the endometrium. It was found to have the same diagnostic accuracy as conventional dilatation and curettage.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)790-796
    Antal sider7
    TidsskriftActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
    Vol/bind76
    Udgave nummer8
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 1997

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