Objective: To determine the relation between dysplasia at cervical cone margins and the presence or absence of residual dysplasia in post-cone hysterectomy specimens. Methods: We performed a 6-year retrospective, multicenter study and reviewed 250 cases in which the patient had a cold-knife cervical cone biopsy followed by a hysterectomy within 6 months. Pathology reports from 23 institutions described the margins in conization specimens and the subsequent status of residual dysplasia in the hysterectomy specimens. Results: There was a statistically significant difference in the prevalence of residual dysplasia in hysterectomy specimens between patients with positive margins on cone biopsy (47%) and those with negative margins (23%) (P < .01). The positive predictive value for residual dysplasia given positive cone margins was 47%, and the negative predictive value was 77%. The grade of post-cone residual dysplasia increased commensurately with the grade of dysplasia in the conization specimen. Conclusions: The presence of dysplasia at the cervical cone margin relates significantly with the presence of residual dysplasia in the post-cone hysterectomy specimen. The grade of residual dysplasia in the post-cone hysterectomy specimen increased as the grade of dysplasia in the conization specimen increased. Free margins on a cone biopsy specimen with dysplasia offer reassurance that invasive cancer is not present in the remaining uterus. (Obstet Gynecol 1994;84:128-30).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Obstetrics and gynecology|
|State||Published - Jul 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology