The characterization of common ovarian cysts in premenopausal women

Authors

  • Dr K. Jermy,

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    1. Gynaecological Ultrasound and Minimal Access Surgery Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK
    • Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St George's Hospital Medical School, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK
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  • C. Luise,

    1. Gynaecological Ultrasound and Minimal Access Surgery Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK
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  • T. Bourne

    1. Gynaecological Ultrasound and Minimal Access Surgery Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK
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Abstract

Objectives

The evaluation of the predictive value of transvaginal ultrasound in the assessment of benign adnexal pathology in premenopausal women, based on the recognition of characteristic morphologic patterns particular to endometriotic and dermoid ovarian cysts.

Methods

This was a prospective study. All premenopausal women undergoing surgery for a suspected ovarian cyst underwent a transvaginal ultrasound examination in the week prior to surgery. Between June 1997 and January 2000, 132 women underwent surgery for a suspected ovarian endometrioma or dermoid cyst. The endpoints were either the direct visualization of the cyst wall and contents at surgery, or the histologic evaluation of removed tissues.

Results

Of 83 suspected endometriomas (11 bilateral), 80 were confirmed at surgery and of 68 suspected benign cystic teratomas (eight bilateral), 66 were confirmed by histology. The positive predictive value of transvaginal ultrasonography for the diagnosis of endometrioma and dermoid cysts was 96.4% and 97.1%, respectively. The false positive rates were 3.8% and 3.0%, respectively. There were no malignancies in either group.

Conclusions

Based on the recognition of characteristic ultrasound patterns alone, the positive predictive value of transvaginal ultrasonography for the diagnosis of these common, benign cysts in premenopausal women is very high and can be used reliably to select women for appropriate surgery. Copyright © 2001 International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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