Attitudes of Italian gynaecologists towards prophylactic oophorectomy at hysterectomy for non-malignant conditions

Luca Fuso, Simona Mazzola, Annamaria Ferrero, Alessandra Magistris, Maria Elena Jacomuzzi, Alice Peroglio Carus, Daniela Dompè, Francesco Marocco, Vilma Logrippo, Paolo Zola

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the attitudes of Italian oncologic gynaecologists towards prophylactic oophorectomy at hysterectomy for a non-neoplastic reason. Study design: A four-item two-part questionnaire was submitted to 170 gynaecologists attending a national conference on gynaecologic oncology. Results: About 92% of gynaecologists reported they would perform prophylactic oophorectomy in women over 50 years, but only 14% said they would in patients aged 45-50; a family history of cancer emerged as a major decision-making criterion for performing oophorectomy in the younger set of patients. Conclusion: Our brief survey confirms the wide variability in attitudes among gynaecologists towards performing prophylactic oophorectomy at hysterectomy for a non-neoplastic pathology in women aged 40-50.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume124
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Clinical practice
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prophylactic oophorectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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