Incidental findings in uterine prolapse specimen: frequency and implications

Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2004 Jan;23(1):26-8. doi: 10.1097/


Uterine prolapse is a benign and common condition, especially in older women. In this study, we investigated the frequency and implications of incidental findings in uteri removed for prolapse. We found a high frequency of incidental findings that was greater than previously reported and a correlation between the occurrence of leiomyomata and adenomyosis. As long as all grossly visible lesions are sampled, two routine sections were found to be sufficient to identify all significant lesions.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / complications
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Endometrial Hyperplasia / complications
  • Endometrial Hyperplasia / pathology
  • Endometriosis / complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hysterectomy
  • Incidental Findings*
  • Leiomyoma / complications
  • Middle Aged
  • Polyps / complications
  • Uterine Neoplasms / complications*
  • Uterine Prolapse / complications*
  • Uterine Prolapse / pathology*
  • Uterine Prolapse / surgery