Postconization Surveillance of Cervical Adenocarcinoma in Situ: A Prospective Trial

John O. Schorge, Jayanthi S. Lea, Raheela Ashfaq

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OBJECTIVE: To conduct a surveillance trial after conization to prospectively determine the outcome of conservative management of adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS). STUDY DESIGN: Women diagnosed with AIS were prospectively enrolled from September 2000 to September 2001. Eligibility criteria included patient age younger than 40 years, prior conization with negative margins and the desire to preserve fertility. Each cone biopsy specimen was secondarily reviewed. Postconization surveillance consisted of a liquid-based Pap test and endocervical curettage (ECC) every 4 months. Follow-up ended in September 2002. RESULTS: Ten women with a median age of 32 years (range, 26-37) were enrolled. Six were nulliparous and 2 primiparous. Seven patients were clinically free of disease after a median of 21 months (range, 5-24), 2 were lost to follow-up, and 1 was excluded when AIS could not be confirmed on the original specimen. Twenty-eight Pap smears and 18 ECCs were performed, but no additional surgical procedures were required due to abnormal cytopathology. CONCLUSION: This prospective trial on postconization surveillance demonstrated the safety of conservative management for AIS patients desiring to preserve fertility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-755
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Cervical cancer
  • Post-conization surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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