Cytologic examination of ovarian cyst fluid for the distinction between benign and malignant tumors

Orit Moran*, Joseph Menczer, Gilad Ben-Baruch, Shlomo Lipitz, Ellen Goor

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the feasibility of using cytologic examination of ovarian cyst fluid for distinguishing between benign and malignant tumors. Methods: Cyst fluid was aspirated at surgery in 83 women with benign and 35 women with malignant (25 invasive and ten borderline) ovarian tumors and submitted for routine cytologic examination. Results: The specificity of the cytologic examination was 100%, but the sensitivity and negative predictive value were only 26 and 76%, respectively. Conclusion: The low sensitivity and negative predictive value of cytologic cyst fluid examination preclude its use for the distinction between benign and malignant ovarian tumors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-446
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume82
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993

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