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Concept: Obstetrics and gynaecology


The aim of this study was to determine the impact of prognostic factors in primary fallopian tube carcinoma (PFTC). All cases of PFTC diagnosed between 1990 and 2010 were retrieved from the files of 6 academic centers. The cases were staged according to a modification of the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology staging system proposed by Alvarado-Cabrero et al (Gynecol Oncol 1999; 72: 367-379). One hundred twenty-seven PFTC cases were identified. The mean age of the patients was 64.2 years. Stage distribution was as follows: 72 (57%), stage I; 19 (15%), stage II; 28 (22%), stage III; and 8 (6.2%), stage IV. Depth of infiltration of the tubal wall was an independent prognostic factor in stage I cases (P < .001). Carcinomas located in the fimbriated end even without invasion had a worse prognosis than did carcinomas involving the tubal portion of the organ. The presence of vascular space invasion correlated with the depth of tubal wall invasion (P = .001) and the presence of lymph node metastases (P = .003). Tumor grade significantly correlated with survival (P < .0001), but histologic type was of marginal significance and only if it was grouped as nonserous/non-clear cell vs serous/clear cell (P = .04). The depth of invasion of the tubal wall and the presence of carcinoma in the fimbriated end even without invasion are important prognostic indicators. The modified International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology staging system should be used on a routine basis in all carcinomas of the fallopian tube.

Concepts: Cancer, Lung cancer, Cancer staging, Lymph node, Gynecology, Prognosis, Fallopian tube cancer, Obstetrics and gynaecology


Reproductive coercion is male behavior to control contraception and pregnancy outcomes of female partners. We examined the prevalence of reproductive coercion and co-occurring intimate partner violence among women presenting for routine care at a large, urban obstetrics and gynecology clinic.

Concepts: Domestic violence, Human, Male, Reproduction, Female, Obstetrics, Woman, Obstetrics and gynaecology


Follicle flushing has been proved to be ineffective in polyfollicular in-vitro fertilization. To analyse the effect of flushing in monofollicular in-vitro fertilisation we aspirated and then flushed the follicles in 164 cycles. Total oocyte yield/aspiration was 44.5% in the aspirate, 20.7% in the 1(st) flush, 10.4% in the 2(nd) flush and 4.3% in the 3(rd) flush. By flushing, the total oocyte yield increased (p<0.01) by 80.9% from 44.5% to 80.5%. The total transfer rate increased (p<0.01) by 91.0% from 20.1% to 38.4%. The results indicate that the oocyte yield and the number of transferable embryos can be significantly increased by flushing. © 2012 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2012 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Concepts: Pregnancy, Obstetrics, In vitro fertilisation, Gynecology, Flushing, Fertilisation, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Embryo transfer


INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Vaginal pessaries may offer symptomatic improvement for women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or urinary incontinence (UI). This study aimed to investigate multidisciplinary perspectives on vaginal pessary use in clinical practice and to understand the service organisation of vaginal pessary care for women with these conditions. METHODS: A pretested, anonymous survey was e-mailed to members of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Association for Continence Advice and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health in the UK. RESULTS: A total of 678 respondents, from medical, nursing and physiotherapy professions, consented to survey participation and provided useable data (response rate 20.7 %). Doctors were significantly more likely to report involvement in pessary care than nurses or physiotherapists. Respondents were optimistic about the success of pessary treatment; however, a lower proportion reported using pessaries for UI than for prolapse. The majority of respondents used ring pessaries and shelf pessaries, most recipients were older women, and commonly an indication for fitting a pessary was that the woman was unfit for surgery. More than 15 % of respondents providing pessary care had not received training. Follow-up services for women with pessaries varied considerably. CONCLUSIONS: The variation in pessary care delivery and organisation requires further study in order to maximise efficiency and effectiveness. The development of nurse- or physiotherapist-led models of care may be appropriate, but the effectiveness of such models requires testing. Furthermore, to potentially improve outcomes of pessary care, a greater understanding of the availability, content and process of training may be warranted.

Concepts: Childbirth, Uterus, Urinary incontinence, Woman, Gynaecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Pessary, Kegel exercise


We enjoyed reading the Editorial by Jan Deprests' group from Leuven in Belgium on laser treatment for TTTS. Although we agree on most of their statements, and that there is an obvious room for further improvements, we would like to stress that an inherent problem, when comparing results from different institutions, is the selection of cases on which to operate on. So far there are no population-based studies, and this is urgently needed for evaluating this procedure. © 2012 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica © 2012 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Concepts: Obstetrics, Sociology, Syndromes, Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, Gynaecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Fetoscopy, Bell Labs


To describe and compare geographic representation of women in obstetrics and gynecology department-based leadership roles across American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) districts and U.S. Census Bureau regions while accounting for the proportion of women practicing in each area.

Concepts: United States Constitution, Washington, D.C., Gynaecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Midwestern United States, United States House of Representatives, United States Census, United States Census Bureau


We conducted a cross-sectional survey including specialist trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology in the Health Education West Midlands region, UK, to capture their views and assess training opportunities on the use of Kielland’s forceps. Half of the trainees in the region completed the survey (87/172, 50%). Only 31% of our trainees worked in units that supported the training on these forceps (27/87, 31%). The majority reported that they did not get enough exposure to using Kielland’s forceps (53/87, 60.9%). Only a minority (5.7%, 5/87) felt confident to perform a Kielland’s rotational delivery independently. The majority (64.3%, 56/87) were keen to continue using Kielland’s forceps in the future if competent. More than two-thirds (86.2%, 75/87) felt that simulation could aid their training. There was large enthusiasm for training on the safe use of Kielland’s forceps among trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology in the West Midlands region. A national assessment of training resources is needed to better plan training recourses on this complex skill.

Concepts: Skill, Training, England, Obstetrics and gynaecology, West Midlands, Coventry, Solihull, South West England


To explore incidents of bullying and undermining among obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) consultants in the UK, to add another dimension to previous research and assist in providing a more holistic understanding of the problem in medicine.

Concepts: Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Consultant, Gynaecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Tertiary education, Subjects taught in medical school


Ultrasound imaging has become integral to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. With increasing educational demands and limited hours in residency programs, dedicated time for training and achieving competency in ultrasound has diminished substantially. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine assembled a multisociety task force to develop a consensus-based, standardized curriculum and competency assessment tools for obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound training in residency programs. The curriculum and competency assessment tools were developed based on existing national and international guidelines for the performance of obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound examinations and thus are intended to represent the minimum requirement for such training. By expert consensus, the curriculum was developed for each year of training, criteria for each competency assessment image were generated, the pass score was established at, or close to, 75% for each, and obtaining a set of 5 ultrasound images with pass score in each was deemed necessary for attaining each competency. Given the current lack of substantial data on competency assessment in ultrasound training, the task force expects that the criteria set forth in this document will evolve with time. The task force also encourages use of ultrasound simulation in residency training and expects that simulation will play a significant part in the curriculum and the competency assessment process. Incorporating this training curriculum and the competency assessment tools may promote consistency in training and competency assessment, thus enhancing the performance and diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound examination in obstetrics and gynecology.

Concepts: Pregnancy, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Medical ultrasonography, Gynaecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Obstetric ultrasonography, Gynecologic ultrasonography


The Beyond Ultrasound First Forum was conceived to increase awareness that the quality of obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound can be improved, and is inconsistent throughout the country, likely due to multiple factors, including the lack of a standardized curriculum and competency assessment in ultrasound teaching. The forum brought together representatives from many professional associations; the imaging community including radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and emergency medicine among others; in addition to government agencies, insurers, industry, and others with common interest in obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound. This group worked together in focus sessions aimed at developing solutions on how to standardize and improve ultrasound training at the resident level and beyond. A new curriculum and competency assessment program for teaching residents (obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, and any other specialty doing obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound) was presented, and performance measures of ultrasound quality in clinical practice were discussed. The aim of this forum was to increase and unify the quality of ultrasound examinations in obstetrics and gynecology with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and quality of clinical care. This report describes the proceedings of this conference including possible approaches to resident teaching and means to improve the inconsistent quality of ultrasound examinations performed today.

Concepts: Medicine, Improve, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Medical ultrasonography, Gynaecology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Obstetric ultrasonography