Attitudes and clinical practice of Italian gynecologists towards prophylactic oophorectomy during hysterectomy for benign conditions

Raffaella Mezzopane, Elena Ricci, Liliane Chatenoud, Antonio Cisternino, Antonio Chiantera, Fabio Parazzini

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Abstract

Objectives. To evaluate the attitudes of Italian gynecologists towards prophylactic oophorectomy in women who underwent hysterectomy for benign conditions. Methods. A postal questionnaire was sent to 490 physicians in charge in 42 obstetric and gynecologic centres affiliated to the Association of Italian Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Results. About 80% of gynecologists perform prophylactic oophorectomy for women aged more than 50, but this percentage decreases to 50% for patients aged 45-50. Most gynecologists avoid prophylactic oophorectomy in women aged less than 40. Conclusions. This study confirms the wide variability in attitudes of gynecologists towards prophylactic oophorectomy in women aged 40-50 who undergo hysterectomy for benign conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalMaturitas
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Clinical practice
  • Oophorectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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