Presurgical assessment of intraabdominal visceral fat in obese patients with early-stage endometrial cancer treated with laparoscopic approach: Relationships with early laparotomic conversions

Stefano Palomba, Errico Zupi, Tiziana Russo, Rosamaria Oppedisano, Francesco Manguso, Angela Falbo, Achille Tolino, Alberto Mattei, Pasquale Mastrantonio, Fulvio Zullo

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Study objective: To evaluate the relationship between intraabdominal visceral fat (IVF) and early conversion from laparoscopy to laparotomy in obese patients. Design: Prospective study (Canadian Task Force classification II-2). Setting: Department of obstetrics and gynecology, University "Magna Graecia" of Catanzaro. Patients: One hundred fifty-one obese patients with endometrial cancer and laparoscopic surgery. Interventions: Laparoscopic treatment for early-stage endometrial cancer. Measurement and main results: In all patients, demographic, anthropometric (including body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and waist circumference), and IVF assessments (using ultrasonography [IVF-USG, cm] and computed tomography [IVF-CT, cm2]), were evaluated. In 122 patients (122/151, 80.8%), the laparoscopies were successfully completed (group A), whereas 29 patients (29/151, 19.2%) had a laparotomic conversion. Specifically, in 19 (19/29, 65.5%) and in 10 patients (10/29, 34.5%) the conversion was early (group B1) and late (group B2), respectively. A significant (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-201
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007



  • Computed tomography
  • Conversion
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Laparoscopy
  • Obesity
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound
  • Visceral fat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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