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Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2006;85(2):218-23.

Miniconization procedure with C-LETZ conization electrode for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: a Swedish study.

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Institute for Clinical Science, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Karolinska Institute, 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden.



Since 1989 large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) has become the treatment of choice for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in many colposcopy clinics. This method has limitations however, in that the resection margins of the cone produced by LLETZ cannot give conclusive histological reassurance, because of thermal injury in 5 30% of the specimens. Furthermore, LLETZ are often taken in several sections, which makes the histopathological examination unnecessarily difficult. As a new and single treatment without these limitations, conization with the contoured loop excision of the transformation zone (C-LETZ) electrode was investigated in the present study. Material and methods. One hundred and seventy-four patients with CIN were treated with the C-LETZ electrode during 12 months at the Gynaecological Department, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge. The inclusion criteria were a histological diagnosis of CIN II-III, or persistent CIN I.


Eighty-six per cent of the patients had a complete excision according to histological findings, and 12% had an incomplete excision. The frequency of incomplete excisions increased with the severity of the CIN but were found in all groups of patients: 1 (3%) in CIN I, 5 (12%) in CIN II, and 12 (17%) in CIN III. The resection margins and histological diagnoses were certain in 98% of the cases. A cure rate of 90% was observed. Conclusions. Miniconization with the C-LETZ electrode makes it possible to individualize the size of the minicones and produce the minicones as one-piece specimens for histopathological assessment. Our findings confirm that this method is a reproducible, safe, and economical way to treat CIN with a low rate of morbidity in a hospital outpatient setting.

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