Presurgical cytologic diagnostic test of uterine cavity in ovarian malignant tumor

Andrijono, Isrin Ilyas, Chairil Hamdani

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There are several methods for diagnosing ovarian carcinoma, such as gynecological examination, ultrasonographic examination, and tumor marker examination. However, all these combinations have not yielded high specificity and sensitivity results. For this reason, it is necessary to perform other examinations to enhance both specificity and sensitivity, and one of them which is of interest to be studied is cytological examination of uterine cavity. By cytological examination of uterine cavity, it is hoped that malignant cells originating from ovarian malignant tumor can be found. Discovery of ovarian malignant cells is possible because of peristaltic mechanism in the fallopian tube and negative pressure from uterine cavity, that makes possible the transportation of ovarian malignant cells into uterine cavity through the tube. The objective of this study is to understand the sensitivity and specificity of cytological examination of uterine cavity in detecting ovarian malignancy. This study was a diagnostic test with histological examination as the gold standard, to understand sensitivity, specificity, positive prediction value, and negative prediction value of cytological examination of uterine cavity. A total of 30 cases were included in the study. A number of factors enhanced positive results in cytology of uterine cavity. Those factors were stage and ascites. The more advanced the stage, the greater the positive results, and the presence of ascites increased positive results. On diagnostic test, sensitivity of uterine cavity cytology was 48%, specificity 60, positive predictive value 85.7%, and negative predictive value 18.8% respectively. In conclusion, cytological examination of uterine cavity could be used as one of the methods in assisting the diagnosis of ovarian carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-96
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Journal of Indonesia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • Cytology
  • Ovarian malignant tumor
  • Uterine cavity


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