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Int J Gynecol Pathol. 1990;9(4):343-51.

Prognostic significance of tumor cell morphometry, histopathology, and clinical parameters in advanced ovarian carcinoma.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Innsbruck, Austria.


The prognostic value of clinicopathologic data and tumor cell morphometry was assessed in 49 consecutive patients with advanced epithelial ovarian carcinoma (Stage III-IV as defined by the International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians [FIGO]). Single-variant analysis proved that nuclear area at the 10th, 50th, and 90th percentiles and nuclear density were the strongest prognostic factors. To assess difference in prognostic influence between morphometric and clinicopathologic factors, Cox regression analysis was carried out and revealed nuclear density and age as prognostically significant (p less than 0.0003 and p less than 0.0004, respectively). Choice of chemotherapy, FIGO stage, histologic grade, and mitotic activity index (MAI) were not of additional prognostic importance. Objective measurement of morphometric factors is simple, highly reproducible, and adequate for routine work and promises to be of clinical value in therapeutic decision-making in advanced ovarian carcinoma.

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