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Hulka, Jaroslav F.; Parker, William H.; Surrey, Mark W.; & Phillips, Jordan M. (1992). Management of Ovarian Masses. AAGL 1990 Survey. Journal of Reproductive Medicine, 37, 599-602.


The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) membership was surveyed on the use of laparoscopy in the management of persistent ovarian masses in 1990. A total of 13,739 laparoscopies were performed for this indication. Ninety-six percent of the respondents performed laparoscopy for this indication on premenopausal women only. Among respondents performing laparoscopy for suspected cancer, there was a 14% conversion rate to laparotomy, compared to 9% among those who performed direct laparotomies when cancer was suspected. An overall incidence of 4 per 1,000 cases of stage I ovarian cancer was found, and about 70% of women with persistent adnexal masses were managed by laparoscopy alone. The risks to women with cancer, as well as the benefits to those without, are discussed.

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Journal of Reproductive Medicine


Hulka, Jaroslav F.
Parker, William H.
Surrey, Mark W.
Phillips, Jordan M.