Intraoperative margin assessment of the radical trachelectomy specimen

N. Ismiil, Z. Ghorab, A. Covens, S. Nofech-Mozes, R. Saad, V. Dubé, M. A. Khalifa

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Objective: To summarize our experience in the frozen section (FS) assessment of the trachelectomy surgical margin. Methods: All surgeries from 1994 to 2007 were performed by one surgeon. The FS examination was consistently carried out by a group of gynecologic pathologists according to the protocol described in details in this article. Cases were retrieved from the pathology files and the slides were reviewed by two pathologists. Results: 132 patients were identified with complete pathology records. They ranged from 17 to 46 years old (median 31). Surgeries were performed for clinical Stages 1A (n = 39) and 1B (n = 93) tumors (63 adenocarcinoma, 59 squamous cell carcinoma, 7 adenosquamous and 3 others). In 78 cases, no residual tumor was seen in the trachelectomy specimens as it was resected by the preceding LEEP or cone. The margin was reported as negative in 123, suspicious in 3 and positive in 6 cases. It was revised in 16 cases (6 positive, 2 suspicious and 8 negative but < 5 mm). Final margin assessment agreed with the FS diagnosis in 130 (98.5%) and showed interpretational overcall in 2 cases (1.5%); only one of which resulted in a revised margin. No false negative intraoperative assessment was found. Conclusions: We describe our FS protocol and summarize our data. This protocol is reliable since none of the patients was under-treated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2009

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  • Cervical cancer
  • Frozen sections
  • Intraoperative consultation
  • Surgical margin
  • Trachelectomy


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