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Comparison of nerve content in removed parametrial tissue after classic radical hysterectomy and nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy - histologic evaluation

  • M. BARBIC1,*,
  • S. Rakar1
  • A. Levičnik1
  • A.B. Di Stefano2

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, (Slovenia)

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, S. Anna Hospital, Reggio Emilia Local Health Unit, Castelnovo nè Monti, Italy

DOI: 10.12892/ejgo20120121 Vol.33,Issue 1,January 2012 pp.21-24

Published: 10 January 2012

*Corresponding Author(s): M. BARBIC E-mail:


Purpose of investigation: The aim of this study was to find whether nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy resulted in a lower amount of nerves in the removed parametrial tissue. Methods: Histological specimens from nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy (28 cases) were compared with those obtained after classic radical hysterectomy (26 cases). Width of the parametria and vaginal cuff were measured. Using a point counting technique, nerve areal density was determined in cross sections of resected parametria at 0.5 cm (A), 1 cm (B), 1.5 cm (C) from the cervix. Results: The width of the resected parametria was smaller in the study group (right side p < 0.013; left side; p < 0.011). The nerve areal density in the lateral part of the right parametrium was lower in the study group (p < 0.01) (Student's t-test). Conclusion: Modified radical hysterectomy is less radical and is nerve-sparing.


Nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy; Parametrial nerve areal density

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M. BARBIC,S. Rakar,A. Levičnik,A.B. Di Stefano. Comparison of nerve content in removed parametrial tissue after classic radical hysterectomy and nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy - histologic evaluation. European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology. 2012. 33(1);21-24.


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