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Is microscopic examination of hysterectomy specimens removed for clinically benign disease necessary?
  1. Timothy D Andrews (timothy.andrews{at}
  1. Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    1. Hannah Monaghan (hannah.monaghan{at}
    1. Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, United Kingdom


      The likelihood of finding significant pathology in a hysterectomy specimen undertaken for clinically benign disease is low. Some data indicate that microscopic examination of these specimens may be abandoned. While this approach may seem attractive we believe there are a number of practical and clinical governance issues associated with this. Instead we advocate a pragmatic approach with two tissue blocks (cervix and endomyometrium) being adequate in most cases.

      • audit
      • benign disease
      • histopathology
      • hysterectomy

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