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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-60  

Laparoscopic trachelectomy for cervical stump 'Carcinoma in situ'

1 Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Specialist in Hysteroscopy and Laparoscopy, P.O. Box 520, Sarit Center, Nairobi, Kenya
2 Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, P.O. Box 19821 - 00202, Nairobi, Kenya
3 Consultant Anesthetist, Nairobi, Kenya
4 Consultant Surgeon and Urologist, Nairobi, Kenya

Date of Web Publication22-Sep-2011

Correspondence Address:
Rafique B Parkar
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Specialist in Hysteroscopy and Laparoscopy, P.O. Box 520, Sarit Center, 00606, Nairobi
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-1216.85287

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A 43-year-old, who underwent a subtotal hysterectomy for postpartum hemorrhage following a normal delivery, 10 years ago, presented with a history of persistent vaginal discharge and post-coital bleeding. A pap smear reported moderate dysplasia, and a subsequent colposcopic biopsy reported severe dysplasia with crypt extension. The patient underwent a laparoscopic trachelectomy, and histology of the stump reported cervical squamous carcinoma in situ, with no microinvasion.

Keywords: Cervical stump, hysterectomy, trachelectomy

How to cite this article:
Parkar RB, Hassan M A, Otieno D, Baraza R. Laparoscopic trachelectomy for cervical stump 'Carcinoma in situ'. J Gynec Endosc Surg 2011;2:58-60

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Parkar RB, Hassan M A, Otieno D, Baraza R. Laparoscopic trachelectomy for cervical stump 'Carcinoma in situ'. J Gynec Endosc Surg [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Aug 10];2:58-60. Available from:

   Introduction Top

The laparoscopic removal of a cervical stump following a supra cervical (subtotal) hysterectomy was first described by Nezhat et al, and they concluded that the cervical stump could be removed laparoscopically by an experienced surgeon. [1] The advantages of the laparoscopic approach included possible stump adhesiolysis, providing adequate postoperative vault support, and assessment of the pelvic lymph nodes. [1]

   Case Report Top

The 43-year-old, presented with a history of persistent p v discharge and occasional post-coital bleeding.

There was no relevant past medical history. She had undergone Subtotal Hysterectomy in 1994, due to postpartum hemorrhage following a normal delivery. A colposcopic biopsy done in January 2009, reported severe dysplasia of the cervix, with a human papillomavirus (HPV) effect and crypt extension. There was a strong family history of cancer of the cervix, as her mother had succumbed to the disease.

On general examination she was in fair general condition, well-built and well-nourished, with adequate hydration. There was no pallor, cyanosis, icterus or any significant lymphadenopathy. She had no pedal or saccral edema. The vital signs were stable.

The cardiovascular, respiratory, and the central nervous systems were clinically within normal. An abdominal examination revealed a midline subumbilical scar. There was no tenderness. The liver and the spleen were not palpable. There was no evidence of any intra-abdominal free fluid. The bowel sounds were normal. On internal examination, the external genitalia were normal and the vaginal mucosa healthy. The uterus was absent and the cervical stump was appreciated. The right and left adnexa had no tenderness or mass appreciated clinically. The pouch of douglas appeared empty. There was minimal discharge evident on the examining finger.

The hemoglobin was 13.3 g/dl, blood sugar was 5.3 mmols/L, urea and Electrolytes were normal. She was blood group O positive.

An initial diagnosis of ABNORMAL  Pap smear More Details was entertained and the patient opted for a Laparoscopic Trachelectomy, with the option of a Laparotomy, after discussing all her options.

   The Operation Top

During laparoscopy, a good view was obtained. The liver and gall bladder appeared normal. The uterus was absent. The ovarian fossa and uterosacral ligaments were devoid of any endometriotic lesions. The right ovary was absent and the left appeared normal. Bilateral ureteral peristalsis was evident. There were dense adhesions in the pouch of douglas involving the bowel and the cervical stump. On the left side the adhesions extended to the pelvic side wall. The pelvic lymph nodes were clearly visualized (after intracervical methylene blue injection) and did not appear to be enlarged.

The bladder was firmly adherent anteriorly. Gentle adhesiolysis was undertaken using sharp dissection, bipolar cautery, and a harmonic scalpel. The bladder was adequately reflected caudally. The vaginal vault was subsequently opened over the ceramic cup of a clermont ferrand elevator. The cervical stump was delivered and sent for histological evaluation [Figure 1]. The vault was closed using intracorporeal sutures. The postoperative observations were stable and the urine clear. The estimated blood loss was 100 ml. A cystoscopy with retrograde ureteral catheterization, to confirm the integrity of the bladder and ureters, was undertaken.
Figure 1: The cervical stump after Laparoscopic trachelectomy

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At one week of follow-up the patient was well. The histology showed cervical squamous carcinoma in situ. A postoperative intravenous urogram (IVU) confirmed that both the ureters and bladder were intact.

   Discussion Top

Subtotal hysterectomy was developed as a procedure in the 1990s, and is regarded as a safe option to total abdominal hysterectomy in the management of benign uterine conditions and in obstetrics, due to severe postpartum hemorrhage. [2] Okaro et al, in an assessment of the long-term outcomes of laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy analyzed the case records of 70 consecutive women undergoing the procedure.

Of these, 24.3% (17 cases) reported symptoms related to the cervical stump, within 14 months of the original surgery. In his series 14 of these patients underwent laparoscopic trachelectomy, one had only laparoscopic adhesiolysis and two underwent a laparotomy with trachelectomy due to dense bowel adhesions on the cervical stump. [3] Histologically the stumps showed endometriosis (23.5%) and mild dysplasia in 7.6% [3] of the patients. In this case our patient presented with persistent p v discharge and occasional post-coital bleeding. The subsequent pap smears were abnormal.

In a retrospective of 41 patients undergoing laparoscopic subtotal hysterectomy, Van der Stege et al, noted that 98% of the patients were satisfied with their procedure, with 10% of them having monthly spotting. [4] They concluded that although laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign diseases was a satisfactory procedure, special attention should be paid to careful management of the cervical stump. [4]

Hilger et al, reviewed the indications of 310 trachelectomies performed at the Mayo Clinic from 1974 to 2003. They included stump prolapse (4%), fibroid mass (1%), cervical dysplasia (6%), carcinoma in situ (5%), irregular bleeding (2%), and cervicitis (53%). The complications following vaginal trachelectomies were encountered in 80% of the procedures against 37% in the abdominal procedure. [5] In our report the cervical stump confirmed carcinoma in situ.

   Acknowlegment Top

The authors would like to thank their colleagues, administration, and staff of the Nairobi Hospital, as also the patient, for allowing us to publish this case.

   References Top

1.Nezhat CH, Nezhat F, Roemisch M, Seidman DS, Nezhat C. Laparoscopic trachelectomy for persistent pelvic pain and endometriosis. Fert Steril 1996;66:925-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Jenkins TR. Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004;191:1875-84.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Okaro EO, Jones KD, Sutton C. Long term outcomes following laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. BJOG 2001;108:1017-20.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Van der Stege JG, van Beek JJ. Problems related to the cervical stump at follow up in laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. JSLS 1999;3:335-6.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Hilger WS, Pizarro AR, Magrina JF. Removal of the retained cervical stump. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005;193:2117-21.  Back to cited text no. 5


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