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Combination laser conization as treatment of microinvasive carcinoma of the uterine cervix
During the period June 1985 to August 1992 combination laser conization was considered definite therapy in 41 patients with microinvasive carcinoma of the cervix. Selection criteria for conservative, fertility-saving therapy were: invasion 3 mm or less, no lymphovascular involvement and horizontal spread of 7 mm or less. After treatment patients were followed for 5 to 12 years, mean follow-up 81 months, and mean number of examination was 10. In one cases, adenocarcinoma in situ was diagnosed during follow-up. In all other cases persistent or recurrent disease was not diagnosed during follow-up. By thorough histopathologic evaluation and strict criteria for selection of patients, it was possible to perform conservative treatment with no observed risk of undertreatment. Combination laser conization was a useful treatment modality. A follow-up regimen based on colposcopy and cytology proved sufficient.