Author(s): Egarter C, Krestan C, Kurz C
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Abstract BACKGROUND: The increase in uterine pressure during hysteroscopy may lead to dissemination of malignant cells into the abdominal cavity. CASE: In a patient with adenocarcinoma of the endometrium, hysteroscopy was performed after peritoneal cytology had been obtained by washing with saline. In contrast to this first washing, a second peritoneal lavage immediately after hysteroscopy led to positive cytology. CONCLUSION: Viability and peritoneal implantation of these disseminated cells are questionable. However, routine hysteroscopy in cases of suspected endometrial carcinoma should not be recommended.
This article was published in Gynecol Oncol
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