Risk of unexpected sarcoma being discovered after hysterectomy appears fairly low

Uterine sarcoma – a potentially aggressive type of cancer that forms in tissues in the uterus – was found in 0.22 % of women following a hysterectomy for benign conditions, a new large-scale study by the University of Michigan departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery finds.

Authors, including Drs. Suzie As-Sanie, Dan Morgan, Carolyn Johnston, Nichole Mahnert and Darrell Campbell, say the findings, which appear in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, may have implications for the risks associated with morcellation – a minimally invasive procedure that cuts large tissue inside the body into smaller pieces so it can be removed through smaller incisions. The FDA recently issued new guidelines on power morcellators, an electrical device that is used by surgeons to help with morcellation, after concerns that it could potentially spread unsuspected tumors that appeared as benign fibroids.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015