Indexed on: 24 Oct '98Published on: 24 Oct '98Published in: Gynecologic Oncology
The objectives of this study were to evaluate the use of laparoscopic ultrasonography (USG) in combination with laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy in the management of patients with cervical carcinoma.A technique for detecting pelvic and para-aortic lymph node metastases through laparoscopic USG was developed. Laparoscopic USG was done prior to pelvic lymphadenectomy performed either laparoscopically or by laparotomy. Laparoscopic USG findings were compared with pathologic findings.The sensitivity and specificity of laparoscopic USG in detecting pelvic lymph node metastases were 91 and 100%, respectively. Metastatic pelvic lymph nodes could be completely removed through laparoscopes in 7 of 11 patients, with no complications.Laparoscopic USG is highly sensitive in detecting metastatic pelvic lymph nodes. Detection and removal of metastatic pelvic lymph nodes laparoscopically allow quick recovery from the operation and early commencement of radiotherapy.