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First case of vaginal radical trachelectomy in a pregnant patient


Hedwig van de Nieuwenhof, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (791), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Email:


Women who present with cervical carcinoma during pregnancy pose for us a clinical problem. In general, three treatment options exist: (i) radical hysterectomy with termination of pregnancy, (ii) a planned delay, or (iii) chemotherapy until lung maturation has occurred, both followed by a radical hysterectomy. Vaginal radical trachelectomy is an alternative approach to preserve the pregnancy. We report on a woman with a stage IBI cervical carcinoma, diagnosed at 16 weeks of gestation treated with vaginal radical trachelectomy. At a gestational age of 36 weeks, a cesarean section was performed, followed by radical hysterectomy. Follow-up of 9 months is uneventful for both the mother and the child. The vaginal radical trachelectomy is a new approach in the treatment of cervical carcinoma during pregnancy.