|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 198-203
Comparison of postoperative benign pelvic cysts occurred after gynecologic or gyne-oncologic surgery treated with percutaneous transcatheteric sclerosant alcohol therapy
Cihan Comba1, Aysun Erbahceci Salik2, Gokhan Demirayak3, Sakir Volkan Erdogan4, Filiz Sacan5, Isa Aykut Ozdemir6
1 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Health Sciences, Sultangazi Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Interventional Radiology, University of Health Sciences, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Health Sciences, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Health Sciences, Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
5 Department of Interventional Radiology, Acıbadem Altunizade Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
6 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
|Date of Submission||06-Nov-2018|
|Date of Decision||16-Apr-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||15-Jun-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||15-Oct-2020|
Dr. Cihan Comba
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Health Sciences, Sultangazi Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Objectives: Here, we compare the success of percutaneous transcatheter sclerosant alcohol therapy (PTSAT) for the postoperative treatment of benign pelvic cysts that occurred after gynecologic surgery.
Materials and Methods: The study is a retrospective case–control trial. Gynecological patients who had symptoms due to postoperative pelvic cysts and received PTSAT after gynecologic surgery, between October 2008 and January 2018, were examined in a single training and research hospital in Turkey. Some factors were investigated for associations with postoperative pelvic cyst formation in patients who underwent gynecologic operations for malignancies or benign conditions. Statistical analysis used: The association between two independent and nonnormally distributed continuous variables was analyzed with the Mann–Whitney U-test. Spearman's rho correlation analysis was conducted to determine the correlation of two nonnormally distributed variables. Chi-square (or Fisher's exact test, when more suitable) was used to examine the correlation between categorical variables.
Results: Statistically significant differences were found in terms of the average age was higher in patients with malignancies, and the average postoperative pelvic cyst detection time was higher in patients with benign pelvic cysts. While all patients were treated with PTSAT, repetitive PTSAT was required for seven benign and ten malign cases.
Conclusion: Patients with pelvic cysts that occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant conditions, large volume pelvic cysts and patients with benign cysts who underwent more than one surgery required recurrent PTSAT.
Keywords: Gynecologic, gynecological; sclerosing solutions; neoplasms, surgery
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Comba C, Salik AE, Demirayak G, Erdogan SV, Sacan F, Ozdemir IA. Comparison of postoperative benign pelvic cysts occurred after gynecologic or gyne-oncologic surgery treated with percutaneous transcatheteric sclerosant alcohol therapy. Gynecol Minim Invasive Ther 2020;9:198-203
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Comba C, Salik AE, Demirayak G, Erdogan SV, Sacan F, Ozdemir IA. Comparison of postoperative benign pelvic cysts occurred after gynecologic or gyne-oncologic surgery treated with percutaneous transcatheteric sclerosant alcohol therapy. Gynecol Minim Invasive Ther [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Feb 4];9:198-203. Available from: https://www.e-gmit.com/text.asp?2020/9/4/198/298129
| Introduction|| |
Lymphocysts generally occur after pelvic and paraaortic lymph node dissection (LND) in patients with gynecologic cancer. Lymphocyst is a localized collection of lymphatic fluid, which does not have an epithelial wall, and has been reported to develop in approximately 30% of patients who have undergone to lymphadenectomy during pelvic surgery. The LND is important in the surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers and in the staging and treatment of epithelial ovarian cancers, endometrial cancers, cervical cancers, and vulvar cancers. Although the LND provides important information, it is associated with various complications, such as hemorrhages, infections, and lymphedemas.
Lymphocysts may also occur following renal transplantation and urological malignancies. Less frequent causes of lymphocysts are extensive vascular or spinal surgeries. Injuries to the lymphatic vessels are associated with continued lymphatic leakage because the lymphatic fluid has no platelets and very low concentration of clotting factors. The predisposing factors for lymphocyst formation are elevated body mass index, excessive number of removed lymph nodes, the presence of nodal metastasis, inadequate intraoperative lymphostasis, chemotherapy, previous radiation in the operation field, and the use of anticoagulants and diuretics. However, tumor stage or histology has not been found to associate with lymphocyst formation. Lymphocysts usually appear 3–8 weeks after surgery. Although a large number of postsurgical lymphocysts remain asymptomatic, some may be associated with serious complications. Larger lymphocysts may cause symptoms related to compression of closed structures, leading to symptoms of constipation, urinary frequency, lower abdominal pain, abdominal fullness, and edema of the genital organs or lower extremities. Serious sequelaes include infection of the lymphocysts, obstruction and infection of the urinary tract, hydronephrosis, intestinal obstruction, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and lymphatic fistula formation. In these conditions, needle aspiration, percutaneous catheter drainage with or without sclerotherapy, and surgical marsupialization may be required.
Pelvic inclusion cyst is usually occur after abdominopelvic surgery. Complex pelvic inclusion cyst may resemble malign ovarian conditions and causes laparotomy for maximal debulking surgery.
Here, we compare the success of percutaneous transcatheteric sclerosant alcohol therapy (PTSAT) for the postoperative treatment of pelvic cysts that occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant or benign conditions. The aim of this study was detected success of the procedure on postoperative pelvic cysts, especially in gynecologic cancers. Postoperative pelvic cysts are distinguished benign cysts such as lymphocysts, pelvic inclusion cyst (pseudocysts, seromas, hematomas), and malignant cysts such as recurrent serous malignancies through imaging and biopsies.
| Materials and Methods|| |
Gynecology patients who were symptomatic (pelvic pain, pelvic mass sensation, bowel dysfunction, or symptoms of urinary dysfunction) because of postoperative pelvic cysts occurred after gynecologic surgery and received PTSAT between October 2008 and January 2018 were retrospectively examined [Figure 1]. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. This study received approval from the ethical board numbered 2017/259 of identified using a computer program, and patients who received PTSAT were analyzed pelvic pain, pelvic mass sensation, bowel dysfunction, or symptoms of urinary dysfunction and postoperative pelvic cysts. All PTSAT procedures were performed by the same interventional radiologist. The Seldinger technique was utilized for catheterization of all postoperative pelvic cysts. Before performing alcohol sclerotherapy, all postoperative pelvic cysts were catheterized. After the selection of a safe entry site to the pelvic cysts, an 18G needle was employed for the puncture of the cyst under US guidance after local anesthesia. Approximately 20% of the volume of the cyst aspirated and a cavitography was performed after the introduction of the needle. After excluding the probability of leakage of the cyst content, again under US guidance, a stiff guide-wire was advanced into the cavity. An 8–10 french catheter was placed into the cavity according to the size of the cyst. The first session of sclerotherapy was performed at the time of the catheterization procedure. Ethanol (95% ethanol at 30%–50% of the aspirated cavity volume) was instilled and left in the cavity for 15 min. After 15 min, all of the cyst content, including the ethanol, was reaspirated through the catheter. The catheter was then fixed to the skin with a single suture and allowed to drain by gravity. When the daily drainage volume from the cavity was <10 mL, a cystogram under fluoroscopic guidance was obtained to assess possible leakage. After the exclusion of the leakage, another session of ethanol sclerotherapy was performed, and the catheter was withdrawn. If the daily drainage volume was >10 mL, for the large pelvic cysts, multiple sessions of ethanol sclerotherapy were performed with 2–3 days interval until the daily drainage dropped <10 mL. During the first catheterization procedure, a sample of aspirated fluid was obtained and sent for microbiologic and cytological analyses. Among patients received operations for pelvic cysts occurred after malignant gynecologic surgery, we compared patient age, gravid, parity, cyst detection time, preoperative and postoperative hematocrit, number of days hospitalized, average follow-up time, measured cyst volume, first operations with drainage volume, complications, number of removed pelvic and/or paraaortic lymph nodes. The efficiencies of PTSAT procedures were also examined. Descriptive statistics were used to define continuous variables (averages, standard deviations, minimums, medians, and maximums). The association between two independent and non-normally distributed continuous variables was analyzed with the Mann–Whitney U test. Spearman's rho correlation analysis was conducted to determine the correlation of two non-normally distributed variables. Chi-square (or Fisher's exact test, when more suitable) was used to examine the correlation between categorical variables. Values of P < 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Analyses were conducted using the MedCalc Statistical Software, version 12.7.7 (MedCalc Software bvba, Ostend, Belgium; http://www.medcalc.org; 2013).
| Results|| |
In this study, the results of 28 patients with pelvic pain who had received percutaneous catheter drainage for pelvic cysts occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant or benign conditions, in line with the criteria of our study, were examined. Of these patients, 11 patients had gynecologic malignancies, whereas 17 received operations for benign conditions. Of the patients with malignancies, four had endometrial cancer, four had ovarian cancer, and three had cervical cancer. Two of these patients received operations for endometrial cancer were diagnosed with endometrioid type grade 1 carcinoma, one of whom had stage 1A, while the other two had stage 3 C2. One of the four patients with endometrial cancer had endometrioid type stage 1A, grade 3, and the remaining patient had stage 2 serous-type. Two of the four patients with ovarian cancer exhibited serous histology, one of whom was stage 1B, whereas the other was stage 3C. Of the other two patients, one had seromucinous histology, stage 1 C1, whereas the other had clear cell histology, stage 1 A. Of the patients with cervical carcinoma, two had adenocarcinoma, one had stage 4B peritoneal carcinomatous (was performed palliative ileostomy), one had stage 1B1, and one had stage 1B1 with adenosquamous histology.
Two of the patients who underwent operations for benign conditions had received more than one operation (one patient received a cystectomy and hysterectomy, and the other received a myomectomy) [Table 1]. Six patients had various postoperative complications; two vesicovaginal fistulas, two wound infections, one pseudocyst, one pelvic abscess.
Cysts recurred in two patients without any symptoms after final treatments. Both of these patients had undergone operations for benign conditions and received PTSAT (one received PTSAT twice, whereas the other received PTSAT three times). In one of these patients, the cyst had ruptured, and no problems were encountered during the follow-up. When patients who had percutaneous transcatheter ethanol sclerotherapies were grouped into pelvic cysts that occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant and benign conditions cohorts, the ages of patients with malignancies were found to be statistically higher with shorter pelvic cyst detection times [Table 2]. No differences were found between the cyst and first drainage volumes. Both of the patients with pelvic cysts that occurred after surgery for benign conditions who had three interventions had received more than one operation. In addition, the patient who received four interventions also had the largest cyst volume. The patient who received three interventions because of benign conditions also had a greater cyst volume than those who received fewer interventions [Table 3].
|Table 2: Comparison of performed percutaneous transcatheter sclerosant alcohol therapy in patient with gynecologic surgery for benign and malignant conditions|
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|Table 3: Comparison number of percutaneous transcatheter sclerosant alcohol therapy repetitions between in patient with gynecologic surgery for benign and malignant conditions|
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The average pelvic lymph node number of the nine patients who received pelvic lymph node dissections was 31.8, whereas the average paraaortic lymph node number of the eight patients who received paraaortic LND was 14.3 [Table 4]. The effect of lymph node number on maximum cyst volume was not found to be statistically significant; however, the lymph node number was found to influence the success of the procedure when compared to the not performed lymph, not dissection.
|Table 4: Comparison the number of percutaneous transcatheter sclerosant alcohol therapy repetitions|
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| Discussion|| |
Treatment options for symptomatic postoperative lymphocysts include aspiration, image-guided percutaneous drainage with or without the sclerotherapy, and surgery. Surgery has been the most popular treatment in the past, with success rates of 50%–70% for external drainage and 80%–90% for internal marsupialization. Relatively long hospitalization is a disadvantage of surgery. Percutaneous cyst aspiration is reserved for very small lymphocysts, as a result of its high recurrence (90%) and infection (50%) rates. Instillation of sclerosing agents into the lymphocyst cavity is the next treatment step when aspiration is unsuccessful. Several agents, such as alcohol, povidone-iodine, and doxycycline, have been used for sclerosing cysts. The reported success rate of sclerotherapy is 88%. When sclerotherapy is unsuccessful or undesirable, other alternatives, such as laparoscopic or open lymphocyst marsupializations, may be used.
Postsurgical pelvic adhesions usually cause pelvic inclusion cysts, also known as pelvic inflammatory cysts. Adnexa and peritoneal fluid are caught in adhesions and form pseudocysts, which have complex appearances and lack true cystic walls. Large, complex pelvic inflammatory cysts can mimic ovarian tumors. Ultrasound-guided aspiration can be used as the treatment of choice for the minimally invasive management of pseudocysts; however, recurrence is common, and repeated aspirations are inescapable and cause considerable morbidity. Laparotomy and laparoscopy can certainly resolve the problem of recurrence, and laparoscopic surgeries have yielded good results for peritoneal and intra-abdominal adhesions.
Intracystic ethanol injection may cause sclerosis and prevent a recurrence. Ethanol is a toxic agent, and when ethanol contacts with the cyst epithelial cells, it renders them nonviable. Simultaneously, ethanol fixes the nucleus and cytoplasm, and as such future cytological examination remains possible. Bean reported the successful sclerosis of symptomatic renal cysts by alcohol injection for the first time in 1981. The success of this technique has also been reported for ovarian cysts in postmenopausal women. Nonetheless, this procedure remains controversial, mainly due to concerns regarding the possibility of malignancy. Alcohol sclerosis is easy, well tolerated, readily available, and yields wonderful results. Thus, alcohol is the most widely used sclerosing agent for simple cysts of the abdomen and pelvis. Various agents, such as tetracycline, bleomycin, glucose, urea chlorhydrolactate, n-butyl cyanoacrylate with iodized oil, and phenol are also used for the sclerosis of cysts. In the present study, we used alcohol sclerosis for all cases.
Ditto et al. studied 111 patients with early-stage ovarian cancer in 2012. Overall postoperative lymphadenectomy-related complications (lymphocysts and lymphorrhea) were observed in 16 patients (14.4%). Ultrasound-guided transabdominal drainage was required in five patients with lymphocysts. Cystic lesions in the pelvis may be inaccessible to percutaneous biopsy and drainage. The bowel, urinary bladder, and subcutaneous fatty tissue may make it impossible to use an anterior approach, whereas the bony pelvis limits lateral and posterior access. Thus, a transvaginal route may be used, depending on the size, location, sonographic characteristics, and clinical presentation of the lesion. However, we did not use a transvaginal route, and all procedures were performed transabdominally.
A recent study reported that patients with pelvic cysts had increased incidences of lymphedema, lymphangitis, and deep-vein thrombosis. Furthermore, persistent lymphocysts were found to be an independent risk factor for lymphedema; and therefore, patients with persistent lymphocysts must be efficiently treated.
In 2015, Hiramatsu et al. investigated 282 patients with lymphocysts, and found that infections occurred in 33 patients (12%), among whom two experienced an infection recurrence. Thus, 35-infected lymphocysts were analyzed in this study. The incidence of lymphocyst infection was not associated with the type of hysterectomy, the region of lymphadenectomy, or tumor origin. The study included one patient who had an abscess after PTSAT.
Six patients with clinical and ultrasonic benign characteristics of postsurgical pelvic peritoneal cysts underwent transvaginal ultrasound-guided drainage and instillation of 20–30 mL of ethanol into the cyst cavity. These treatments represent the first successful report in the English literature. In only one case, a 15 cm peritoneal cyst recurred 3 months after ethanol instillation, and for over 1 year, the procedure was reiterated with no subsequent recurrence. In the other five patients, no recurrences were observed.
Conclusion and Limitation
Our study only included a few patients with pelvic cysts occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant conditions, and as such, we do not know how to treat patients who are asymptomatic. In future, we need to determine the scenarios where percutaneous drainage with or without sclerosing agent or operation should be chosen, respectively.
PTSAT is minimally invasive and effective treatment for postoperative intrapelvic cysts in gynecologic patients. Especially symptomatic cysts after surgery should be treated with PTSAT. Since it is an effective, easily usable, and less complicated procedure from surgery. However, patients who required recurrent PTSAT likely had pelvic cysts that occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant conditions with large volume or had pelvic cysts that occurred after gynecologic surgery for benign conditions and underwent more than one surgery. Surgeons should treat postoperative pelvic cysts through percutaneous catheter drainage with or without sclerotherapy primarily and discuss the possibility of repeated PTSAT with patients, occurred after gynecologic surgery for malignant or benign conditions.
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