Impact of Simple Ovarian Cysts on the Interpretation of Endometrial Thickness in Women with Postmenopausal Bleeding

Abimbola O. Famuyide, Sherif A.M. Shazly, Peter B. Makdisi, Sherif A. El-Nashar, Daniel M. Breitkopf, Matthew R. Hopkins, Shannon K. Laughlin-Tommaso

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Background: There is evidence that premenopausal hormones may persist for variable time after menopause. Histological specimens from postmenopausal women support the presence of follicular growth at that age. Residual ovarian function may explain postmenopausal bleeding (PMB), which is not associated with endometrial pathology. Our objective was to evaluate the effect of sonographic diagnosis of simple ovarian cysts on the association between thickened endometrium and endometrial pathology in women with PMB. Materials and Methods: Data were retrospectively collected from medical records of women who underwent office hysteroscopy for PMB between January 2007 and October 2011. Women with sonographic reports within 3 months of presentation were included. Endometrial thickness and the presence of a simple ovarian cyst (≤5 cm) were documented by reviewing sonographic reports. Diagnosis of endometrial pathology was abstracted according to pathology reports or hysteroscopic impression. Endometria with hyperplasia, cancer, or polyps were considered pathological. Results: Of 836 women with PMB, 356 had recent transvaginal sonography and were included in the analysis. Pathological endometrium was documented in 129 (36.2%) women, including 29 (8.2%) with endometrial cancer. In women with PMB and no evidence of a simple ovarian cyst, endometrial thickness was an independent predictor of endometrial pathology and endometrial cancer with adjusted OR = 1.13 (95% CI = 1.07-1.19) and 1.16 (95% CI = 1.07-1.25), respectively. In the presence of simple ovarian cysts, the adjusted ORs for endometrial thickness as a predictor of endometrial pathology were 1.06 (95% CI = 0.90-1.25) and 0.84 (95% CI = 0.62-1.14), respectively. Conclusion: The presence of simple ovarian cysts (≤5 cm) tempers the value of endometrial thickness in predicting endometrial pathology in women with PMB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)889-896
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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