Medline: 2010103

Gynecologic Oncology 40(2): 129-132, 1991.

Evaluation of surgical staging in stage I low malignant potential ovarian tumors.

Snider DD, Stuart GC, Nation JG, et al.

Abstract:

The charts and pathology specimens of 27 patients with ovarian tumors of low malignant potential were reviewed in an attempt to document the rationale for a second laparotomy in those patients with clinical stage 1 disease and who did not have a complete staging laparotomy at their initial surgery. Four of 13 patients with serous tumors, none of 12 patients with mucinous tumors, and one patient with a mixed tumor of LMP were upstaged at the staging laparotomy. The major morbidity rate associated with the procedure was 7.4%. The low yield of a staging laparotomy in patients with mucinous tumors (0%) does not warrant a second operation. The higher yield of a staging laparotomy in patients with serous tumors (30.8%) suggests that the likelihood of upstaging the disease exceeds the potential morbidity, and for this reason, the procedure may be warranted. However, the specific role of a staging laparotomy even in those with serous tumors awaits further study of the prognostic significance of invasive versus noninvasive implants.


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