Recurrence of gynecologic malignancy at the vaginal vault after hysterectomy

Debra Heller, N. Kambham, D. Smith, Bernadette Cracchiolo

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Objective: Vaginal vault recurrences of genital tract malignancy are not uncommon, and may be the first sign of recurrent disease. This paper reviews the experience at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Methods: The tumor lists from 1993 to 1996 of the Division of Ob/Gyn Pathology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center were reviewed, and correlated with retrospective chart review. Results: Of 36 cases, 13 were from uterine primaries, seven were cervical in origin, eight were ovarian primaries, and in eight cases, the exact primary was not known at the time of biopsy. For the cases where the primary diagnosis and disease free interval were known, the time interval from hysterectomy to vault recurrence ranged from 1.5 months to 84 months, with a mean of 25.6 months. Conclusion: Vaginal vault recurrences are often the site of recurrent female genital tract malignancies. Patients treated for gynecological cancer must have regular pelvic examinations including cytologic examination as part of their oncologic surveillance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1999


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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