A Retrospective Review of the Effect of Surgeon Specialty on the Management of 190 Benign and Malignant Pediatric and Adolescent Adnexal Masses

R. N. Eskander, R. E. Bristow, N. C. Saenz, C. C. Saenz

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Abstract

Study Objective: To investigate the impact of operating surgeon specialty on rates of ovarian preservation, and to explore differences in surgical management when malignant lesions are identified. Design: Retrospective study. Setting: Education and research hospitals. Participants: Between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2009, all female patients ≤ 20 years of age undergoing surgery with pathologically confirmed ovarian or fallopian tube tissues removed were evaluated. Interventions: Demographic, operative, and pathologic data were abstracted. Main Outcome Measures: Rates of ovarian preservation with benign lesions, and rates of appropriate surgical staging when malignant lesions were identified. Results: The mean age was 11.9 ± 4.4 years. Malignant lesions were larger than benign masses, 17.3 ± 7.1 cm versus 8.8 ± 7.1 cm respectively (P < .001). Torsion was associated with oophorectomy with a relative risk (RR) of 1.86 and 95% confidence interval (CI) of 1.35-2.57 (P = 0.033). Postmenarchal patients were less likely to undergo ovarian sacrificing procedures (RR 0.62, 95% CI 0.45-0.84, P < .001). The relative risk of incomplete surgical staging with malignant lesions was reduced in the presence of a gynecologic oncologist (RR 0.14, 95% CI 0.02-0.89, P = .003). Conclusion: Ovarian conservation should be prioritized in cases with benign lesions, whereas complete and accurate surgical staging is imperative when malignancy is identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-285
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Adnexal mass
  • Malignancy
  • Ovarian preservation
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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