Rate of endometrial adenocarcinoma in women screened before and after implementation of the Bethesda 2001 reporting system

Michael J. Thrall, Klint Kjeldahl, Kay Savik, H. Evin Gulbahce, Stefan E. Pambuccian

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the impact of the recommendation of the 2001 Bethesda System to report all benign-appearing endometrial cells seen in women aged ≥ 40 years on the frequency with which endometrial carcinomas are potentially detected as a consequence of Pap test reports that mention endometrial cells. Study Design: We identified all women diagnosed with endometrial adenocarcinoma who also had a Pap test during the preceding 6 months. The search was performed for 3-year periods before and after the date of implementation of Bethesda 2001. Results: Benign endometrial cells were reported for 589 women in the 3 years before Bethesda 2001 and for 3,810 women in the 3 following years. The number of endometrial malignancies found on follow-up in these women decreased from 8 in the 3 years before Bethesda 2001 to only 4 subsequently. The frequency of reporting atypical or malignant glandular cells, as well as the likelihood of finding endometrial malignancy on follow-up, did not significantly change. Conclusion: Despite a 6.5-fold rise in the frequency of reporting benign endometrial cells after Bethesda 2001, the frequency of subsequent diagnosis of endometrial malignancies did not increase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalActa Cytologica
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Bethesda system
  • Carcinoma, endometrial
  • Cells, endometrial
  • Pap test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology

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