[Uterine sarcoma in Tunisia: retrospective study about 14 cases].

Research paper by N N Bouzid, S S Kanoun Belajouza, H H Boussen, N N Bouaouina

Indexed on: 27 Aug '14Published on: 27 Aug '14Published in: Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité


To report epidemiologic, anatomoclinical treatment and results about a Tunisian retrospective serie of 14 patients with uterine sarcoma (US).A retrospective study of 14 cases of uterine sarcoma treated in the Radiotherapy Unit of Farhat Hached Hospital of Sousse between 1995 and 2008. Epidemiologic and anatomoclinical features were assessed. A complete work-up including abdominal ultrasonography and abdominopelvic CT scan were perfomed in 7 and 10 cases, respectively.The median age was 48.5 years (15 to 78) without previous medical history of irradiation or prolonged drug exposition. There were 3 cases of leimyosarcoma, 7 cases of mixed Mullerian tumor and 4 cases of endometrial stromal sarcoma. The diagnosis was made postoperatively in 6 patients and after curettage in 8 cases. According to the classification of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), 8 patients were in FIGO stage I, 3 in stage II and 3 in stage III. Hysterectomy was associated with annexectomy in 12 cases. Bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy was performed in one patient. Eight of our 14 patients underwent postoperative pelvic radiotherapy, associated with adjuvant chemotherapy in 3 cases. The evolution was marked by the occurrence of local recurrence in 4 patients who did not have adjuvant therapy with lung metastases in one case and peritoneal carcinomatosis in another case. With a medium follow-up from 54 months, 7 patients are free from disease, 5 died of their disease (after a mean of 24 months) and 2 patients were lost to follow-up.Uterine sarcomas are rare tumors with poor prognosis. Adjuvant therapy (radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy should be discussed due to the high risk of recurrence or metastases.