Doppler flow evaluation of pathologic endometrial conditions in postmenopausal breast cancer patients treated with tamoxifen

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Abstract

A prospective pilot study was conducted to evaluate the usefulness of uterine artery blood flow in the detection of various pathologic endometrial conditions in 39 asymptomatic postmenopausal breast cancer patients who were treated with tamoxifen. No specific pattern was seen for the uterine artery pulsatility index values in the tamoxifen-treated patients that could be related to any specific endometrial lesions, nor were any specific changes observed in the pulsatility index value with increasing severity of the pathologic endometrial conditions. Similarly, no correlation was found between ultrasonographically measured endometrial widths and uterine artery pulsatility index values. Thus, although pulsed Doppler flow ultrasonography has been shown previously to be effective in the detection of uterine cancer in non-tamoxifen-treated postmenopausal patients, it probably does not contribute to the assessment of endometrial lesions in postmenopausal breast cancer patients treated with tamoxifen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-640
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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